March 13, 1990 |
President Bush moved Monday to reinforce his warning to Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu earlier this month that Tokyo must move soon to open its markets or risk a serious political backlash here--and possible retaliation. Bush reiterated the theme in an hourlong private talk with former Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita, who is visiting here this week. Takeshita, Japan's most powerful politician, is regarded as the real political force behind Kaifu.
June 2, 1989 |
Parliament today approved Sosuke Uno as prime minister, and he pledged reforms to clear the air of an influence-peddling scandal that has decimated the top ranks of the governing Liberal Democratic Party. The 66-year-old former foreign minister also spoke out against the United States, saying Washington's use of its new trade law to force concessions from Japan was "like negotiating with your fists up." The conservative party also got new leaders, and Uno chose a new Cabinet in a bid to wipe the slate clean of the Recruit influence-buying scandal before elections for half the upper house of Parliament, expected within two months.
June 1, 1989 |
Foreign Minister Sosuke Uno flew home today to become Japan's next prime minister but found instead that a rival candidate had emerged within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Uno, 66, had been expected to be elected without opposition to replace Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita, who is resigning over Japan's biggest political scandal since World War II. But a small group of party elders and younger members have objected to his connections with Takeshita and former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, both of whom have been disgraced by the Recruit Co. stocks-for-favors scandal.
May 28, 1989 |
Foreign Minister Sosuke Uno, 66, emerged Saturday as the leading choice to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita in his posts as chief of government and president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The party also unilaterally extended Parliament's current term for 25 days. Takeshita and Shintaro Abe, the Liberal Democrats' secretary general, reportedly agreed at a Saturday meeting to ask Uno to take over the scandal-ridden party. They met in a hospital where Abe, a close political ally of Takeshita, is recovering from a gallstone operation.
May 22, 1989 |
Prosecutors today indicted two politicians in Japan's biggest political scandal since World War II but failed to gather sufficient evidence to charge Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita or his predecessor, Yasuhiro Nakasone. Japanese television reported that the charges against the two politicians marked the conclusion of the prosecutors' bribery case in the far-reaching scandal, which earlier forced Takeshita to declare his intention to resign. The indictments, expected for nearly a week, were delivered against former Chief Cabinet Secretary Takao Fujinami and Katsuya Ikeda, a one-time senior official of Japan's No. 2 opposition party, Komeito, who resigned from Parliament last week over the scandal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1989 |
American observers, seeking to make sense of Japan's Recruit scandal, might be tempted to measure it against our Watergate episode. Both involved huge sums of illegal money; both were cracked open by enterprising reporters who had been assigned to a seemingly unimportant beat; both tripped up top business leaders, featured humiliating arrests and criminal convictions, and both ultimately led to the door of the highest government official in the land....