April 10, 1993 |
Russia on Friday criticized remarks by Japan's new foreign minister that he will continue to press for the return of four small islands off northern Japan that Soviet troops seized after World War II. Foreign Ministry spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky said the comments by Kabun Muto set an ominous tone ahead of Russian Foreign Minister Andrei V. Kozyrev's visit to Tokyo next week.
June 23, 1993 |
Foreign Minister Kabun Muto came up with a new idea to help the beleaguered Liberal Democratic Party retain its 38-year grasp on government in Japan--but it wasn't a very diplomatic one.
May 29, 1990 |
The European Community and Japan met today at a high level for the first time in 3 1/2 years to try to clear the air between the two trading giants, EC officials and diplomats said. The community is running a huge and persistent trade deficit with Japan, its second-biggest supplier after the United States. "The deficit of the community can only be reduced significantly if EC exports to Japan grow 2 1/2 times as fast as Japanese exports to the EC," an EC official said.
April 16, 1993 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin's offer to visit Japan next month ran into a wall Thursday. Foreign Minister Andrei V. Kozyrev, whom Yeltsin said he had instructed to firm up dates for the trip during his visit to Tokyo, spent nearly five hours meeting and dining with Japanese Foreign Minister Kabun Muto but came up empty-handed. Kozyrev had no other meetings scheduled before his departure today.
July 29, 1993 |
Foreign Minister Kabun Muto said Wednesday that Japan must have the will to build nuclear weapons if necessary to defend itself against a North Korean nuclear threat, the Nihon Keizai newspaper reported. Muto made the statement only to Japanese reporters at a news conference in Singapore after assuring the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations that Japan would offer unqualified support for an indefinite extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
March 28, 1990 |
In a case seen as a test of alleged unfair barriers to entering the Japanese market, the government has agreed to consider a U.S. toy company's move to open a store in the country, officials said today. Toys R Us Inc. has announced plans to open a 53,800-square-foot discount store in Niigata, 160 miles northwest of Tokyo. Local shopkeepers were strongly opposing the move, news reports said.