February 2, 1992 |
A year ago, Japan's Parliament approved a resolution to move the nation's capital out of Tokyo. But as one prominent politician, Shintaro Ishihara, said afterward, "When we voted for it, we were laughing all the way." Few Japanese seriously believe their government will help decongest Tokyo by transplanting itself to another site. The plan's opponents--bureaucrats, the Tokyo government and national legislators from the city--have so far blocked a national consensus to carry out the idea.
January 26, 1992 |
American business managers are "inferior" and U.S. leaders do not understand either their own country or Japan, a Japanese lawmaker was quoted Saturday as saying. The comments by Shintaro Ishihara, a former transportation minister, reported by the Kyodo News Service, come a week after House Speaker Yoshio Sakurauchi said American workers are lazy and illiterate and that the United States had become a "subcontractor" for Japan. Those remarks sparked a storm of criticism in the United States.
April 15, 1995 |
A prize-winning novelist who 27 years ago plunged into politics hoping to reinvigorate a national pride lost in war--even if it meant standing up to the United States--suddenly resigned his seat in Parliament on Friday. Japanese politics is "despised by the people, and all politicians, myself included, are responsible," declared Shintaro Ishihara, 62, co-author of a 1989 book that urged Japan to reject unreasonable U.S. trade and security demands.
June 25, 1990 |
Shintaro Ishihara, author of the controversial book "The Japan That Can Say No," has presented his own 109 demands for American economic reform and warned that opening the Japanese market, by itself, would not eliminate the trade imbalance between the two nations. Ishihara told foreign correspondents Friday that he agrees with U.S. negotiators who are demanding that Japan dramatically increase spending on public works to improve living standards and pull in imports.
December 16, 2010 |
The titles in one corner of Kinokuniya bookstore in Tokyo's Shinjuku district suggest the kind of themes that manga comics fans crave: romance, feudal-era adventure, betrayal. But above the packed bookshelves a sign reads, "Adult manga. " It's the hard-core content within this genre of comics or cartoons, depicting rape, incest and sex crimes, that lawmakers in Tokyo want to keep out of the hands of minors. The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Wednesday approved an ordinance that makes it illegal to sell or rent sexually explicit manga and anime that "unjustifiably glorifies" violent sexual acts to anyone younger than 18. The law, which goes into effect next year, also bans images of fictional characters that appear to be underage and are engaging in sexual acts.
October 11, 1989 |
Akio Morita, the renowned founder and chairman of Sony Corp., has made an error in judgment. He has co-authored a book, with an anti-American Japanese politician, titled "The Japan That Can Say 'No' ." The book advises Japan to say no to U.S. demands on trade and investment and also on defense. "The time has come for Japan to tell the U.S. that we do not need American protection.