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March 24, 1990 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. and Japanese negotiators reached tentative agreement early Friday on a plan to resolve U.S. complaints about Tokyo's refusal to buy American-made supercomputers--one of three specific trade disputes about which Washington is threatening to retaliate.
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WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - In a fresh reminder of the unresolved wartime grievances between China and Japan, authorities in Shanghai have seized a Japanese ship over claims dating back to the 1930s. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines said Monday that one of its iron ore carriers, the Baosteel Emotion, was impounded Saturday. Japan's top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, denounced the move, saying it could have a “chilling effect” on all Japanese companies doing business in China. “We are deeply apprehensive,” he added.
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NEWS
November 30, 2001 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The entire Japanese government, not just the military, was involved in the decision to provide sex slaves, euphemistically called "comfort women," for soldiers before and during World War II, Japanese researchers said Thursday at an international conference in Los Angeles on Japan's war crimes. "The establishment and development of the military 'comfort women' system . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
A Glendale resident, along with a Los Angeles resident and a nonprofit group, filed a lawsuit this week asking a federal judge to order the city of Glendale to remove  a controversial statue in a public park that honors women victimized by the Japanese government during World War II. The lawsuit is the latest attempt to remove the 1,100-pound statue for so-called comfort women, which was installed in July, the Glendale News-Press reported ...
BUSINESS
January 26, 1995 | YURI KAGEYAMA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
His job is to help sell American cars in Japan. His unlikely boss: the Japanese government. Masayuki Shima's goal is to boost the U.S. Big Three's market share in Japan tenfold. "Then I've accomplished my mission," he said. Shima works with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to help their cars pass the myriad Japanese government regulations required for imports, rules that have long baffled and frustrated Americans. His position grew out of then-President George Bush's visit to Japan in 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
A Glendale resident, along with a Los Angeles resident and a nonprofit group, filed a lawsuit this week asking a federal judge to order the city of Glendale to remove  a controversial statue in a public park that honors women victimized by the Japanese government during World War II. The lawsuit is the latest attempt to remove the 1,100-pound statue for so-called comfort women, which was installed in July, the Glendale News-Press reported ...
NEWS
July 22, 2001 | K. CONNIE KANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ten years ago, a frail 67-year-old South Korean woman broke half a century of silence and publicly spoke of her torment as a sex slave for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. Hak Soon Kim told how she and countless other impoverished Asian girls and women were snatched from their homes to serve Japanese soldiers, who beat and raped them.
NEWS
October 6, 1997 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a quavering voice, Yutaka Mio, 83, told a Tokyo courtroom last week of the atrocities he committed as a Japanese military police officer in Manchuria during World War II. "I tortured him by holding a candle flame to his feet, but he didn't say anything," said Mio, after identifying from sepia photographs two Chinese whom he tried to force to confess to being Communist spies in 1941.
NEWS
April 19, 1988
Kanzaburo Nakamura; Veteran Kabuki Actor Kanzaburo Nakamura, 78, a veteran kabuki actor and recipient of cultural awards from the Japanese government. Nakamura, whose real name was Seiji Namino, was active in promoting kabuki overseas and led a troupe of actors to New York in 1960 during the theater's U.S. debut. Nakamura debuted on the stage in 1916.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Japan's economic growth slowed in the second quarter, spurring debate over whether the country should raise its sales tax in order to more quickly pay down its public debt.  The country's gross domestic product grew at an annualized 2.6%, coming in at a lower rate than many analysts' expectation of 3.8%.  The previous quarter's GDP growth rate was also revised downward from 4.1% to 3.8%, the Japanese government said Monday. Top celebrity overseas commercials   Japan's economy, which has had record deflation for much of the past two decades, has seen aggressive actions by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to turn around the world's third-largest economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By Brittany Levine
Bok Dong Kim was 14 when she was forced to travel to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and other countries as a sex slave for Japanese soldiers during World War II.  Now the petite 88-year-old travels the world on her own, speaking out against the atrocities she suffered to pressure the Japanese government to produce an official document apologizing to the nearly 200,000 so-called “comfort women” taken as sex slaves from Korea,...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 | By Brittany Levine, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
An 1,100-pound statue honoring hundreds of thousands of women taken as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army decades ago is traveling by boat from South Korea and is just days away from arriving in Glendale. The memorial, like others on the East Coast and in South Korea, has sparked controversy as opponents from Japan have emailed dozens of letters to City Council members in an attempt to block the statue from being placed in Central Park near the Adult Recreation Center. A group of Japanese nationalists deny that soldiers took about 200,000 Korean, Chinese and other women as sex slaves during World War II, but supporters of the memorials say the atrocities are well-documented.
WORLD
May 14, 2013 | By Don Lee
BEIJING -- A senior aide to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived Tuesday in North Korea, but neither country gave a reason for the unannounced visit that followed weeks of high tension in the region over the North's nuclear and missile tests. The sudden trip by Isao Iijima touched off speculation in the Japanese media that Abe was seeking to revive the long-standing issue of North Korea's abduction of Japanese citizens, as well as perhaps to prepare the stage for a visit to Pyongyang by the prime minister.
OPINION
August 14, 2012 | By Yuriko Koike
TOKYO - HasJapan'spolitical paralysis finally lifted? The agreement last week between the government and leading opposition parties to double the consumption tax - the sales tax - from 5% to 10% by 2015 suggests that it has. But there is a real risk that the government will mistake this measure for the end of the economic reform process. In fact, it is - or should be - only the beginning. By virtually any measure, official Japanese debt is the highest in the world. The total outstanding volume of Japanese government bonds is an almost unfathomable $9 trillion, just below the $10.5 trillion in outstanding debt for the 17-country Eurozone, which has more than triple the population.
WORLD
March 21, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
When the earthquake struck Japan, Dr. Kozue Shimabukuro, a pediatric critical care doctor at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA in Westwood, had a radical change of plans. A visit to family near Tokyo was scrubbed for a medical mission. Shimabukuro has joined a pediatric disaster relief team. On Monday, she talked about the work awaiting her as she prepared to leave Tokyo for Yamada in northern Iwate prefecture. Question: What will you be doing in Yamada? Answer: Yamada city is actually right by the sea, and it was hit pretty hard, one of the worst hit. Now that it's been already a week after the disaster, the rescue team has left.
OPINION
April 18, 2005
The article, "Japan's Revisionist History" by Philip J. Cunningham (Commentary, April 11), displays a lack of understanding of the process by which Japanese textbooks are screened and approved and the position of the Japanese government in facing the past squarely. He points out: "That tacit government approval is given to such xenophobic, right-wing thinking can be seen in the latest Ministry of Education-approved school texts that erase or evade critical lessons drawn from Japan's bad behavior in its war of aggression."
NEWS
April 28, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
In the first judgment of its kind, a Japanese court ruled Monday that the government must pay compensation to three South Korean women who were forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II. In handing down the ruling, Judge Hideaki Chikashita of the Yamaguchi District Court in southern Japan said that Tokyo had neglected to fulfill its legal duty to repair the anguish suffered by the "comfort women," who were forced to work in brothels for Japan's former Imperial Army.
WORLD
November 24, 2007 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
The pro-whalers in the Japanese government have a ready answer when asked to explain why the global ban on commercial whaling should be lifted. Whaling is part of Japan's culture, they say. They point to archaeological evidence that whale meat has been a Japanese staple for more than 2,500 years. Respect for the "brave fish" courses through Japanese literature and paintings, they say, and has inspired folk festivals and puppet shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2007 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Gearing up for a historic world conference in Los Angeles on the sexual enslavement of women and girls by the Japanese military, human rights activists from around the world, including former sex slaves, demanded Wednesday that Japan issue an official apology and make reparations to the victims of Japan's wartime crimes.
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