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.
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.
February 6, 2011 |
Japanese public high school teacher Sawa Kawamura used to smile on her way to work. But in recent years, this quiet woman has come to dread the classroom. In 2004, Kawamura, a slender fiftysomething teacher with long black hair, refused to stand and sing while the national anthem was played. She was given a formal warning that she had defied instructions from her superiors. The notice remains on her record and could haunt her when she is up for rehiring. "It's only twice a year, during formal school ceremonies, that we're ordered to sing the anthem," Kawamura said, "but it has changed relations at work.
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.