December 9, 1991 |
Japan's foreign minister said Sunday that he was "deeply moved" by President Bush's speech on the 50th anniversary of his nation's attack on Pearl Harbor, and he expressed remorse for Japan's wartime actions. But like other top government officials, Michio Watanabe stopped short of apologizing for Japan's aggression. On Friday, conservatives in the governing Liberal Democratic Party scrapped plans for a parliamentary statement, saying there was no need to apologize.
September 26, 1990 |
North Korean President Kim Il Sung today met a top leader of Japan's ruling party for the first time and apparently agreed to release two Japanese fishermen North Korea has held as "spies" for seven years. He also was quoted as saying he hopes that Japan and North Korea, which have not had normal diplomatic ties since 1910, will become close not only in geographic proximity but also in dealings with each other.
July 30, 1987 |
Chinese President Li Xiannian told Japanese legislators Wednesday that he wants to step down from the ruling Politburo in October, according to Japanese sources. Western diplomats said Li's disclosure indicates that senior leader Deng Xiaoping--who at 82 has also expressed a desire to renounce some posts this fall--may be succeeding in his efforts to persuade aging party veterans to quit the Politburo.
June 22, 1991 |
Takako Doi, the first woman to lead a major Japanese political party, resigned Friday as head of the Socialists after a frustrating string of political defeats. As chairwoman of Japan's largest opposition party, the charismatic Doi led the Socialists to unprecedented election victories two years ago and was even seen by some as a serious contender for prime minister.
July 26, 1992 |
On the eve of today's election for the upper house of Parliament, the Bank of Japan leaked word that it will lower the rate it charges for loans to commercial banks on Monday. The planned move, reported Saturday, was expected to boost Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa's ruling Liberal Democratic Party in balloting today for 127 of the 252 upper house seats.
July 9, 1992 |
A campaign began Wednesday for an election July 26 that will measure how big an interim step Japan's ruling party can take to restore its power in the upper house of Parliament. The ballot--for 127 of the 252 seats in the upper house--also shapes up both as a referendum on a law passed last month that will enable Japan to dispatch noncombat troops overseas and as the first nationwide test for Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, who took office last November.