February 11, 1991 |
On the eve of Pearl Harbor Day last December, in front of 700 people decked out in their holiday finest, Los Angeles Music Center President Esther Wachtell toasted two men at a dinner in the Biltmore Hotel ballroom. One was a Japanese diplomat who saw his despondent brother commit suicide in the aftermath of the World War II defeat. The other was a retired American executive whose ship was torpedoed by the Germans and whose brother was wounded by the Japanese.
March 10, 1989
Japan denied U.S. reports that a Japanese firm in line to make a new version of the F-16 fighter jet was involved in construction of what Washington says is a Libyan chemical weapons plant. "We found . . . no evidence that Japanese companies have been involved in this project," Foreign Ministry spokesman Taizo Watanabe said. "(And) I can now confirm that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has never been engaged in the export of equipment or dispatch of engineers." Mitsubishi also denied the reports.
March 22, 1990 |
Japan sent 491 Chinese nationals, some in tears, back to China by boat today in the largest deportation of Chinese refugees who streamed into Japan during last year's political unrest in China. "Our understanding is they came here for economic related purposes," said Taizo Watanabe, the Foreign Ministry's chief spokesman. "They had been living in China and were not under political suppression."
February 9, 1991 |
Japan on Friday denied a report that Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu has offered Iraq $5 billion to persuade it to withdraw from Kuwait. Foreign Ministry spokesman Taizo Watanabe dismissed the report in the Spectator, a British weekly magazine. "It's another ugly example of the preconceived idea about what Japan is like and a kind of bias against the position of the Japanese government," said Watanabe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1988
Consul General Hiromoto Seki is the new head of the Japanese consular district for Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico, officials announced. Seki replaces former Consul General Taizo Watanabe, who is now deputy chief of mission at the Japanese Embassy in Washington. Seki's arrival at the Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles marks his second American posting. He also served at the Japanese Consulate in New York from 1961 through 1964.