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September 13, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
1 Million Suits Exported to Japan: North Korea, desperately seeking foreign exchange to combat a disastrous shortage of oil and raw materials, exported 1 million cheap, ready-made suits to Japan last year, a Japanese weekly magazine reported. Shukan Asahi said the sales netted Pyongyang about $67 million in 1992, about 1,500 times the value of its suit exports in 1986.
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December 16, 1993 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan is indirectly helping North Korea develop its military program--including nuclear weapons--by serving as a conduit for cash, equipment and atomic scientists, a Korean specialist charged here Wednesday. Katsumi Sato, a former Communist and North Korean supporter who now heads the Modern Korea Institute in Tokyo, said that up to $1.8 billion annually, plus components ranging from semiconductors to computers, is being covertly funneled to Pyongyang by sympathetic Koreans living in Japan.
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NEWS
April 29, 1988
U.S. intelligence agents in Singapore foiled a bid by North Korea to buy hundreds of computers from Japan, the Kyodo News Service reported. The Japanese news agency quoted unidentified U.S. sources in Singapore as saying that CIA agents discovered in March that 500 computers ordered from a Japanese trading company, NEC Corp., for export to a company in Jakarta, Indonesia, were destined for North Korea.
BUSINESS
September 13, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
1 Million Suits Exported to Japan: North Korea, desperately seeking foreign exchange to combat a disastrous shortage of oil and raw materials, exported 1 million cheap, ready-made suits to Japan last year, a Japanese weekly magazine reported. Shukan Asahi said the sales netted Pyongyang about $67 million in 1992, about 1,500 times the value of its suit exports in 1986.
NEWS
September 22, 1990 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Communist North Korea appears ready to open its door, at least a crack, to one of its most hated neighbors, Japan. And Japan, for its part, is ready to apologize, at least partially, for its past abuses. How far the door will open, how deeply the Japanese will bow in apology, and how much tensions in Northeast Asia might be reduced as a result will be revealed next week.
NEWS
September 29, 1990 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-level Japanese mission Friday accepted a North Korean claim that Japan owes Pyongyang compensation for "losses" during the 45 years that Korea has been divided since the end of World War II as well as for the years from 1910 to 1945 when Japan ruled Korea as a colony.
NEWS
December 16, 1993 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan is indirectly helping North Korea develop its military program--including nuclear weapons--by serving as a conduit for cash, equipment and atomic scientists, a Korean specialist charged here Wednesday. Katsumi Sato, a former Communist and North Korean supporter who now heads the Modern Korea Institute in Tokyo, said that up to $1.8 billion annually, plus components ranging from semiconductors to computers, is being covertly funneled to Pyongyang by sympathetic Koreans living in Japan.
WORLD
July 8, 2006 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Anyone wondering how seriously Japan treated the salvo of ballistic missiles that North Korea fired its way Wednesday should consider this: National broadcaster NHK canceled the daily installment of its wildly popular morning TV drama to make way for continuous news coverage. The last time NHK saw fit to cancel the show, which is part of the morning routine for millions of Japanese, was in 1995, when a massive earthquake devastated the port city of Kobe.
WORLD
October 12, 2006 | James Gerstenzang and Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writers
President Bush rejected calls Wednesday for one-on-one talks with North Korea and indicated he was not contemplating military action in response to Pyongyang's announcement this week that it had conducted a nuclear test. Bush, speaking at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden, reaffirmed his long-held stance that the U.S. would not tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea. But he emphasized that his focus was on the use of diplomacy through multinational talks.
NEWS
September 29, 1990 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-level Japanese mission Friday accepted a North Korean claim that Japan owes Pyongyang compensation for "losses" during the 45 years that Korea has been divided since the end of World War II as well as for the years from 1910 to 1945 when Japan ruled Korea as a colony.
NEWS
September 22, 1990 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Communist North Korea appears ready to open its door, at least a crack, to one of its most hated neighbors, Japan. And Japan, for its part, is ready to apologize, at least partially, for its past abuses. How far the door will open, how deeply the Japanese will bow in apology, and how much tensions in Northeast Asia might be reduced as a result will be revealed next week.
NEWS
April 29, 1988
U.S. intelligence agents in Singapore foiled a bid by North Korea to buy hundreds of computers from Japan, the Kyodo News Service reported. The Japanese news agency quoted unidentified U.S. sources in Singapore as saying that CIA agents discovered in March that 500 computers ordered from a Japanese trading company, NEC Corp., for export to a company in Jakarta, Indonesia, were destined for North Korea.
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