November 18, 1987 |
A backlash is growing among Japanese lawmakers against what they call "high-handed" pressure from the United States to end Japan's curbs on imports of farm products. Sadanori Yamanaka, former head of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, warned Tuesday that "a cornered mouse may bite at a cat." "We can find other sources, such as Argentina," for Japan's imports of agricultural products, Yamanaka said. Japan buys almost 20% of all U.S.
April 11, 2011 |
One by one, members of Japan's heartthrob pop band SMAP make their pitch: "You are not alone," says one. "Let's help each other," beckons another. Then comes the final exhortation from celebrity Tortoise Matsumoto: "Believe in Japan's strength!" Such public service ads that fill Japan's TV airwaves today are meant to buck up an anxious nation in the aftermath of the worst disaster since World War II. But the campaign reflects a deeper desire on the part of many in this still-wounded land: to propel Japan back not just to what it was, but something better and different.