October 8, 1998 |
Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi issued his country's most thorough apology to date to the South Korean people for 35 years of brutal colonial rule. A joint declaration made by Obuchi and South Korean President Kim Dae Jung, who is visiting Tokyo, said Obuchi "expressed deep remorse and extended a heartfelt apology to the people of South Korea." It was the first written apology ever issued to an individual country by Japan for its actions up to, before and during World War II.
August 11, 1998 |
New Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi had a rough debut in parliament as opposition parties clamored for fresh elections and accused his Cabinet of being incapable of rescuing Japan's economy. "What qualifications and ability does this new Cabinet have? Without new policies, there will be no reforms. We must dissolve the parliament," lawmaker Kansei Nakano, a member of the country's largest opposition party, the Democratic Party of Japan, said as several lawmakers broke into applause.
September 22, 1999 |
Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi easily won reelection as head of his party, ensuring that Japan will continue public spending to spur economic recovery. He had pledged to pass a substantial economy-boosting package as soon as he won reelection. The head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party automatically becomes premier because the party controls the majority in parliament. Obuchi won 350 votes, about 70% of those cast in the three-way contest.
April 29, 1999
Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi arrives in Los Angeles today, starting a state visit that will take him to Chicago and Washington, where he will meet with President Clinton. The main purpose of Obuchi's trip is geopolitical: He will discuss common defense questions with Clinton and reinforce the U.S.-Japan relationship at their meeting Monday. But Obuchi also will announce economic agreements in Washington, in which Japan and the U.S.
June 24, 2000 |
The brother of late Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi received an envelope containing an empty bullet cartridge, the second such envelope sent to a relative of the former leader this week. Mitsuhei Obuchi, 70, a mayor, received the envelope without a return address Monday at his home in Gunma prefecture, 60 miles north of Tokyo, a police spokesman said Friday on condition of anonymity. The mayor is the elder brother of Obuchi, who died May 14 after suffering a stroke.
May 16, 2000 |
As senior Japanese politicians attended the wake of former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, the ruling party faced criticism Monday over plans to hold a state funeral shortly before national elections next month. Newly elected Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto led a procession of solemn-faced dignitaries who gathered in an evening downpour to attend a vigil for Obuchi at a Tokyo funeral home.