April 18, 1991 |
Japan and the United States exchanged notes Wednesday formalizing an agreement for the Japanese to pay a bigger share of the cost of stationing U.S. military forces in Japan, the Foreign Ministry said. Under the agreement, which was approved by Parliament, Japan's share will increase from the current 40% of the costs to 50% over five years. The additional money will pay most of the basic wages, overtime pay and benefits of the 22,000 Japanese workers at U.S. military bases in Japan.
April 5, 1991 |
President Bush met with Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu on Thursday in a session laden with warm words about the U.S.-Japanese relationship but no signals of progress on the numerous issues that continue to divide the two nations. Indeed, the two made clear that on at least two issues--Japan's contribution to help defray the costs of the Persian Gulf War and U.S. efforts to sell rice in Japan--the gap remains wide.
March 22, 1991 |
Japan will make a $5.7 billion contribution to the U.S. Treasury today to help defray U.S. costs for Operation Desert Storm, American and Japanese officials said Thursday. The announcement, shortly after Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Nakayama opened official talks here, was one of several indications that the two countries are determined to overcome strains in relations. During a half-hour meeting with Nakayama, President Bush thanked him for Japan's contributions.
March 20, 1991 |
A Japanese diplomat, angered by American criticism of Japan's refusal to play a larger role in the multinational coalition in the Persian Gulf, lashed back Tuesday and blamed the United States for spawning the crisis by refusing to learn how to conserve energy. "It (the crisis) is your (America's) fault," Masamichi Hanabusa, Japanese consul general in New York and Japan's second-highest-ranking diplomat in the United States, told reporters. "You caused the problem."
March 14, 1991 |
The remains of five American servicemen turned over by Baghdad were en route to the United States on Wednesday as civil unrest in Iraq appeared to threaten efforts to forge a permanent cease-fire. The remains of the Americans, along with those of eight Britons, were flown by the Red Cross earlier from Baghdad to a U.S. military mortuary at the Dhahran air base in Saudi Arabia, where forensics experts examined them.
March 6, 1991
The upper house of Parliament approved a $9-BILLION CONTRIBUTION to the U.S.-led Gulf force. The action paved the way for formal passage in Parliament today. Japan is expected to deliver the funds later this month to the Gulf Cooperation Fund, set up last year by six allied Arab nations to distribute Japan's contributions. Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu said he also wants to send personnel to the Gulf to help with peacekeeping operations.