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August 2, 1990 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The story begins with life falling to pieces for an expatriate Japanese businessman in Dusseldorf. His small trading company goes kaput. His wife abandons him, taking their 10-year-old daughter back to Tokyo and leaving him and the family dog behind. The man then ventures off on an aimless drive through the German countryside and strays across the border into France, where the heavy hand of fate intervenes.
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August 15, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Japan Announces Market Study: The country will commission its first such effort to determine how closed its markets are to imports compared to counterparts in Europe and the United States, a trade ministry official said. Nine economists and legal scholars from Japan, Europe, Israel and the United States will begin comparing industries late this month, with the hope that results will be ready by next spring.
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BUSINESS
April 17, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lifting of EU Fish Import Ban Sought: The European Union imposed the ban last week on imports of all Japanese marine products because of concerns over hygiene, the European Commission said. The Japanese Health and Welfare Ministry said consultations had already started in Brussels and that representatives from the Health Ministry and Fisheries Agency would be sent to Europe to quickly resolve the problem. The ban would affect imports of about 6,000 metric tons of fish a year.
BUSINESS
April 17, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Lifting of EU Fish Import Ban Sought: The European Union imposed the ban last week on imports of all Japanese marine products because of concerns over hygiene, the European Commission said. The Japanese Health and Welfare Ministry said consultations had already started in Brussels and that representatives from the Health Ministry and Fisheries Agency would be sent to Europe to quickly resolve the problem. The ban would affect imports of about 6,000 metric tons of fish a year.
BUSINESS
July 28, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
EU Sees Japan Trade Discrimination: The European Commission welcomed a narrowing of the European Union's chronic trade deficit with Japan, but expressed concern that Tokyo was discriminating in favor of goods from the United States. John Richardson, head of the commission's unit for relations with Japan, said Japan's trade surplus with the EU had fallen by 29.7% in the first six months of this year compared to the same period of 1993.
BUSINESS
June 8, 1992 | From Reuters
Almost half the investigations begun last year into alleged dumping of products on the European Community market have involved Japan and China, the EC Commission says. Five of 20 investigations concerned Japanese products and four Chinese goods, the executive arm of the 12-nation bloc said in an annual report on dumping. Taiwan was involved in two investigations while South Korea, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union, Egypt, Hungary, Poland and Turkey were each the target of one.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1992 | LESLIE HELM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A drive by Japanese corporations to export more to make up for a sluggish domestic economy pushed Japan's trade surplus to $10.2 billion in February, a historic high for a single month, according to figures released Wednesday. The announcement by the Ministry of Finance quickly raised fears of worsening trade friction with the United States.
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April 5, 1994 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was almost exactly five years ago that France's then-minister of European affairs, Edith Cresson, lectured a pair of American reporters about the abysmal U.S. trade deficit with Japan. "Americans don't see what's going on with the Japanese," she insisted. "They are like ants, eating you up. You just don't notice it, don't feel it, don't see it." Pausing, she added, "We plan to be firm with the Japanese." And the Europeans did try firmness.
BUSINESS
May 12, 1993 | From Associated Press
Firing back at foreign criticism, Japan branded several other nations, especially the United States, as unfair traders Tuesday. A report accused the United States of unfair trade policies in nine of 12 areas studied, including measures against imports being priced too low, taxes on imports and restrictions on foreign bidders for government purchases. It also alleged U.S.
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