February 24, 1989 |
Emperor Hirohito, a man once despised by much of the world as the symbol of ruthless Japanese military aggression, was honored by the international community today as kings, presidents and other representatives of 163 countries attended his elaborate state funeral.
March 10, 1990 |
Former Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita leaves for Washington today for talks with President Bush and other Administration officials on bilateral trade issues.
June 17, 1989 |
Japan's new foreign minister, Hiroshi Mitsuzuka, said Friday he will visit Washington from June 25-28 for talks with U.S. leaders to strengthen bilateral relations soured by trade friction. It will be Mitsuzuka's first overseas trip since assuming the post earlier this month under new Prime Minister Sosuke Uno. He often made trips to Washington as international trade minister under Uno's predecessor, Noboru Takeshita.
April 26, 1989 |
A former secretary to Noboru Takeshita killed himself today after the prime minister announced he would resign partly because of financial dealings handled by the aide, police said. Japan Broadcasting Corp. said that Ihei Aoki, 58, committed suicide at his home in Tokyo. There was no immediate comment from Takeshita, whom Aoki had served as aide for three decades. Aoki had handled political donations, stock purchases and loans from Recruit Co., which is at the hub of the influence-buying scandal that toppled Takeshita.
February 13, 1989
Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party, under attack for a stock scandal and a new sales tax, suffered a setback in a special parliamentary election. Socialist Sadao Fuchigami defeated Kei Oma of Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita's party to gain a seat in Parliament's upper house, election officials said. In his victory speech, Fuchigami told supporters: "The people's complaints against the (stock) scandal and consumer tax led to my victory."
March 5, 1989
Four businessmen were formally charged with bribery in a stock scandal that has toppled several high officials of the Japanese government and tarnished the reputation of Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita. Those indicted included Hiromasa Ezoe, 52, founder and former chairman of the Recruit Co. conglomerate, and Hiroshi Kobayashi, 43, head of First Finance, a Recruit subsidiary that financed the insider stock sales involved in the scandal.