February 14, 2001 |
Watching each new American administration fumblingly try to deal with Japan reminds me of the old song "Gee, Officer Krupke." That was a dance number in "West Side Story" in which a cop named Krupke hauls a kid he's arrested before a series of specialists. Each expert in turn comes up with a different explanation of what the problem is. "The trouble is he's crazy," says the judge. "The trouble is he drinks," retorts the psychiatrist. "The trouble is he's growing," the shrink finally decides.
February 13, 2001 |
As tearful relatives of those missing at sea visited the site of the collision between a U.S. submarine and a Japanese fishing trawler, the Navy dispatched two high-tech undersea vehicles Monday to scour the ocean floor for wreckage--and possibly to recover bodies. Nine crew members, students and teachers who were aboard the trawler when it sank nine miles off Diamond Head on Friday still are unaccounted for.
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.