February 11, 2001 |
Some events that have raised tensions about the U.S. military presence in Japan, where about 47,000 U.S. service members are based under a mutual security treaty. Nearly two-thirds of them are in Okinawa, 1,000 miles southwest of Tokyo: * U.S. Lt. Gen. Earl Hailston, the top Marine on Okinawa, reportedly refers to local officials as "nuts and a bunch of wimps" in an e-mail. He apologizes Tuesday and again Thursday. * A U.S. Navy serviceman is arrested Jan.
February 7, 2001 |
The top U.S. Marine in Japan won't be punished for calling Okinawan officials "nuts and a bunch of wimps" in an e-mail message to his staff, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Marine Lt. Gen. Earl Hailston's comments became the latest irritant in the touchy U.S.-Okinawan relationship when they appeared Tuesday in Ryukyu Shimpo, the biggest newspaper published on the Japanese island, which is home to 26,000 U.S. troops.
January 11, 2001 |
Japan's fragile economy is continuing to recover gradually, although possible risks exist if a slowing U.S. economy stalls Asian exports, Bank of Japan Gov. Masaru Hayami said in a report to the government in Tokyo. But he added that although Japan must be vigilant to changes in overseas economies, "there's no need for the Bank of Japan to change its economic assessment" of a gradual recovery.
December 13, 2000 |
Midway through a genteel, abstract discussion about America and Asia here last month, a Japanese businessman suddenly launched into a tirade about the difficulties his company was having in China. The Chinese make promises and don't keep them, he fumed. They sign contracts and then try to change the terms. I started to tune out. Over the years, I've heard a zillion similar complaints. Doing business in China is legendarily frustrating. Nothing new about that.
November 15, 2000 |
Is the dispute over America's presidential election beneficial or harmful to the cause of democracy around the world? It's good up to a point, because it has shown democracy in action in all its transparent, nail-biting glory. President Clinton caught the spirit of this positive view last weekend when he said the drama in Florida demonstrates the "vitality" of America's election process.
October 25, 2000 |
China for Al Gore, Japan for George W. Bush. That's where the sympathies lie for East Asia's two biggest powers as the American presidential election dwindles down to the final days. Rarely in the past has an American election produced such a clear-cut division between China and Japan. Often, both countries favor an incumbent administration, on the theory that it would represent stability and continuity.
September 22, 2000 |
In a major defeat for the World War II reparations movement, a federal judge in San Francisco on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit seeking restitution from huge Japanese corporations that forced American prisoners to work as slave laborers. U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, siding with a long-held Japanese government position, ruled that a 1951 peace agreement between the United States and Japan prohibited further claims by former soldiers of the nation's wartime opponents.
September 5, 2000 |
The highest-ranking Japanese member of the International Whaling Commission said U.S. sanctions against his country for its whale research program would only backfire by punishing U.S. workers.
July 23, 2000 |
President Clinton told U.S. troops Saturday that they "need to be good neighbors" to the people of Okinawa, who are weary of the massive American military presence on this Japanese island and angry about instances of unruly conduct and crime. "Each of us has a personal obligation to do everything that we can to strengthen our friendship and to do nothing to harm it," Clinton instructed thousands of Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen who waited past 11 p.m.
July 21, 2000 |
President Clinton said today that the United States intends to further reduce its "footprint" here on Okinawa, which is home to about 26,000 American troops whose presence remains a source of resentment among many islanders. Clinton, the first U.S. president in four decades to visit this island, made his announcement shortly after arriving for the annual meeting of the Group of 8--the seven leading industrialized powers plus Russia. He did not give any specifics. Noting that the U.S.