September 29, 1985
Yaohan, a market/department store chain in the Orient and Costa Rica, has opened its first department store in the United States, along with a market, in Little Tokyo Square on Alameda Street between 3rd and 4th streets. The opening also marks the first business to open at Little Tokyo Square, the newest shopping, dining and entertainment center in the Japanese area. Tokyo Bowl, with 40 bowling lanes and a coffee shop, lounge and video-game parlor open 24 hours a day is due to open next.
December 23, 1991 |
A new term, Kanan Keizai-Ken (South China Economic Sphere), has begun to appear in Japanese mass media in reference to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China's Guangdong and Fujian provinces. Repeating a pattern elsewhere in Asia, Japanese investments in the area are booming--overwhelming the American position in the region and reflecting what bankers and economists see as part of a bigger shift in Japanese assets to Asia, with a relative decline in emphasis on the United States and Europe.
June 8, 1992 |
A young Chinese man cranks out strands of pink pasta at one counter while, at another, a woman squirts, washes and wipes a window with a three-in-one window wiper. A second man twists a plastic juice maker three times and pours out a cup of orange juice. "Look," he says, pulling out a hammer and hitting the juice maker as a curious crowd gathers. "It's very strong. I can hit it with a hammer and it won't break."
March 26, 1995 |
The head of Science of Happiness, Ryuho Okawa, says he is Buddha reborn, his wife was Florence Nightingale, and a Golden Age will begin in 2020. Of his "revelations," at least one seems to echo the fears of many Japanese these days: Last year, Okawa warned that Aum Supreme Truth--the cult that many suspect killed 10 people last week by releasing poison gas in a Tokyo subway--was trying to destroy the nation.