March 17, 2005 |
If there were doubts about the passion some South Koreans feel over a group of barren islets off their east coast, a 61-year-old grandmother probably erased them when she sliced off her little finger in protest of a Japanese claim of sovereignty over the land. Carried out with a sushi knife for maximum symbolic effect, the amputation Monday outside the Japanese Embassy here was only the most dramatic in a series of escalating protests over the volcanic islets known collectively as Dokdo.
August 19, 1988 |
The government asked the Soviet Union to scale down a planned artillery exercise in the Sea of Japan beginning today, Foreign Ministry officials said Thursday. Japan fears the exercise could hurt fishermen operating near the exercise area. The request was presented to the Soviet government by the Japanese Embassy in Moscow on Wednesday.
December 25, 1986 |
Nine South Korean sailors adrift at sea in a life raft for five days after a fishing boat accident were rescued Wednesday, and maritime authorities launched an extensive search for 15 others missing in the Sea of Japan, officials said.
January 27, 1986 |
A wall of snow roared down a hillside onto the remote village of Nou on the Sea of Japan coast, destroying 11 houses and killing 13 people in the country's worst avalanche in nearly 30 years, police said today.
December 25, 1988 |
The Japanese coast guard launched a search Saturday in the Sea of Japan for the 16,194-ton Panamanian freighter Megataurus, which has not been heard from for eight days on a voyage to Japan from the Philippines.
October 18, 1998 |
Typhoon Zeb cut a destructive swath through Asia, killing dozens and disrupting transportation. It weakened into a tropical storm today as it crossed over the Japanese archipelago and moved over the Sea of Japan. Eleven people were reported killed in Japan in landslides and weather-related accidents. At least 74 died in the Philippines and 18 in Taiwan.
February 9, 1985 |
Ten Japanese fishermen died and one was missing after their vessel sank Friday off Oki Island in the Sea of Japan, the Japanese coast guard said. A coast guard official said the 19-ton No. 16 Kotoshima Maru with a crew of 11 went down in high seas off Cape Saigo, in southwestern Japan.
June 5, 1994 |
Japan has agreed to build a floating treatment facility to help Russia dispose of the liquid nuclear waste it has been dumping into the Sea of Japan, a Foreign Ministry official said Friday. The two governments agreed that Japan would pay for most of the plant's cost with money from a $95-million grant Tokyo has already extended to Russia for dismantling nuclear warheads, the official said.
September 8, 2005 |
Typhoon Nabi weakened to a tropical storm after killing at least 18 people, flooding towns and causing landslides in southwestern Japan. Still packing winds up to 67 mph, it moved over the Sea of Japan and later hit the northern island of Hokkaido, where up to 10 inches of rain was expected, the Meteorological Agency said. More than 300,000 people had evacuated in the southwest. Several people are listed as missing.
June 9, 1991
Perhaps inflation has affected the numbering of most scenic spots in Japan ("Land of the Paper Birds: A Journey Through Beautiful, Baffling Japan," April 28), but I was taught years ago that the traditional most scenic spots in Japan are three in number: Miyajima near Hiroshima; Matsushima near Sendai, and Amanohashidate on the Sea of Japan. In his article, Simon Hogart said that there are six. NAOMI KASHIWABARA San Diego