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July 4, 1995 | SHAV GLICK
They sounded ridiculous at the time, but the Japanese media expectations for Hideo Nomo turned out to be right on target after the Dodger rookie's second victory of the season on June 7. He struck out four batters in pitching a 7-1 victory over the Montreal Expos at Dodger Stadium, but the Japanese sports publication Nikkan Sports trumpeted in its editions: "Nomo On His Way to All-Star Game."
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.
Following the path of their manufacturing cousins, major Japanese media firms are embarking on an aggressive drive to export news coverage overseas and reshape American views of the Asian nation. Just as Sony's purchase of Columbia Pictures and Matsushita's acquisition of MCA allow Japanese to provide entertainment to U.S. audiences, Japanese media companies are aiming to present more news programming and publications to the American public.
February 21, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Japan hanged three convicted killers, its Justice Ministry said Thursday. The hangings are the first executions under the new government, continuing a secretive practice that has appalled human rights groups and made Japan an outlier among wealthy democracies. The three inmates were identified in Japanese media as Masahiro Kanagawa, convicted in a string of stabbings five years ago; Keiki Kano, sentenced for murdering a bar owner; and Kaoru Kobayashi, convicted of abducting and killing a 7-year-old girl.
Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu has abandoned hope of running for a second term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, a post that carries with it the premiership, Japanese media reported today. No comment was available from the prime minister's office. But on Thursday, one of Kaifu's chief supporters, Shin Kanemaru, the titular head of the ruling-party faction led by former Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita, criticized Kaifu for faulty leadership.
June 25, 1995 | James Q. Wilson, James Q. Wilson is the Collins Professor of Management and Public Policy at UCLA. His most recent book is "The Moral Sense" (The Free Press)
What are we to make of a society in which pornography is readily available, violence pervades the arts and the media, men frequent bawdy shows and children are raised with the greatest permissiveness? I refer, of course, to Japan. This is the Japan that is almost unique among industrialized nations for its remarkably low rates of crime, especially violent crime, and its legendary ability to control the spread of dangerous drugs.
May 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Pyongyang regime may be preparing to launch a long-range ballistic missile that could reach parts of the U.S., Japanese media reports said, but Japan's government said it did not believe a launch was imminent. Public broadcaster NHK said satellite pictures showed signs since early this month around a site in northeastern North Korea that pointed to a possible firing in the near future.
June 5, 1990 | Reuters
Colombia's cocaine traffickers have threatened to kill Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu and other top officials if Tokyo refuses to free three Colombians held here on drugs charges, Japanese police said Monday. A senior National Police Agency official said the Medellin drug cartel sent three letters to Japan's police demanding the release of three Colombians arrested in Japan in the past year. Japanese media quoted one of the letters as saying, "This is not a mere threat.
February 18, 1997 | Associated Press
At least five members of Japan's Red Army terrorist group, which carried out numerous hijackings and attacks in the 1970s, have been detained by authorities in Lebanon, Japanese media reported today. The government has not confirmed the reports. If the reports are true, officials said Japan would probably want custody.
July 14, 2001 | From Associated Press
All-stars Ichiro Suzuki and Kazuhiro Sasaki are fed up with the Japanese media covering their play with the Seattle Mariners. The two players from Japan issued a joint statement Friday saying they will not talk to the Japanese press corps until further notice. "Their position is that it's important their privacy away from the ballpark be respected," said Tim Hevly, director of media relations for the Mariners.
December 15, 2012 | By Yuriko Nagano and Barbara Demick
TOKYO -- Japanese voters head to the polls Sunday and are projected to return to power the conservative, often nationalist onetime ruling party headed by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Opinion polls by major Japanese media organizations are predicting that the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, which ruled the country almost without interruption from the mid-1950s until its ouster in 2009, will win more than half of the 480 lower house seats....
November 19, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have intensified their pursuit of Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who toured Angel Stadium on Saturday and then went out to lunch with General Manager Jerry Dipoto and Manager Mike Scioscia. Upon returning to Japan on Sunday, Fujikawa, a 32-year-old right-hander who has been Japan's top closer for six years, told reporters, “I was very impressed with the way the Angels welcomed me. I had never been treated like that.” According to Japanese media reports, Fujikawa also visited with the Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles.
November 14, 2012 | By Emily Alpert
Japan appears to have steered clear of its own “fiscal cliff” as lawmakers agreed to pass a crucial budget bill that would prevent the government from running out of money this month. Opposition lawmakers had stalled the budget bill to press Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to call elections, a step likely to put him and his party out of power. The political brinksmanship had alarmed Japanese pundits and observers, who fretted that the two sides were playing a “ game of chicken ” over the financial future of the country.
May 26, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Jeff Larson has seen just about everything wash up on the shores of Santa Cruz: bottles, toys, shotgun shells, busted surfboards and fishing floats that looked like they had bobbed across the Pacific. When surging water driven by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan tore apart his city's harbor, he was there to scoop up the splintered docks and broken boats that were heaved onto the sand. Now, more than a year after the catastrophe in Japan, Larson and fellow beachcombers up and down the West Coast are awaiting the flotsam that was set on a eastward course by the destructive surge of water.
March 11, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Japanese media reported at least 1,000 people are presumed dead from Friday's massive 8.9 earthquake, most drowned by the wall of water that swept across the northeast coast of the island nation. Thousands of others were stranded on rooftops, surrounded by water left by the tsunami that washed over the low-lying farmland of the hardest-hit areas, sweeping away homes, cars, railroads and businesses. A dam broke early Saturday local time in Fukushima Prefecture, washing away scores more houses in an area where at least 1,800 homes were destroyed by the quake, Kyodo news service said, quoting a Defense Ministry official.
March 10, 2010 | Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. Some 30-40 Japanese media members were outside the Angels' spring-training complex Tuesday afternoon, waiting to speak to Hideki Matsui while he addressed a handful of American reporters. At the end of the 10-minute interview, in which the Angels' new designated hitter showed a keen sense of humor that belies his usually stoic face, Matsui was asked what the Japanese media might ask him that American reporters didn't. "Maybe what kind of underwear I'm wearing," Matsui deadpanned through an interpreter.
October 2, 1989 | From Times wire services
A Japanese media group will pay about $150 million to buy a stake of just over 25% in London-based Virgin Music Group, the world's sixth-largest record company, Virgin Managing Director Ken Berry said today. He told a news conference, held simultaneously in Tokyo and London via television satellite, that the new partnership aimed to become the world's third-largest recording company. The stake will be taken by three Japanese companies, all members of Fujisankei Communications Group.
April 10, 1988 | MARC APPLEMAN, Times Staff Writer
Masters Week 1988 is nearly a replay of last April for Ayako Okamoto and the Japanese media covering golf in the United States. Last year, many of the Japanese media left the Masters after the second round, when all three Japanese pros failed to make the cut, and headed to Bernardo Heights Country Club to follow Okamoto, who was leading the Kyocera Inamori tournament.
March 10, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Some 30-40 Japanese media members were outside the Angels' spring-training complex Tuesday afternoon, waiting to speak to Hideki Matsui while he addressed a handful of American reporters. At the end of the 10-minute interview, in which the Angels' new designated hitter showed a keen sense of humor that belies his usually stoic face, Matsui was asked what the Japanese media might ask him that American reporters didn't. "Maybe what kind of underwear I'm wearing," Matsui deadpanned through an interpreter.
April 26, 2007 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Don't expect this Japanese prime minister to strike a hip-swiveling pose in a pair of Elvis' sunglasses, or sing "Love Me Tender" to the president. Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington today for a visit with President Bush that will take place almost exclusively behind the curtains. Unlike his predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi, who loved the big stage in Washington, not to mention the Jungle Room at Graceland, Abe's agenda will be mostly private.
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