January 6, 2011
For the past few years, Big in Japan has been one of the more enigmatic bands on the Baltimore music scene. Made up largely of former members of electro-rockers Lake Trout, Big in Japan gigged sporadically around town, changed lineups fairly often and recorded music but never released it. They were a live band first and foremost, with a reputation for putting on killer dance shows. Much of their music was improvised. "It was a one-time-only kind of thing," said Matt Pierce, who plays keyboards and flute.
April 21, 2011
The news of Mayor William Donald Schaefer's passing saddened many Japanese, especially the residents of Kawasaki, our sister city since 1979. The late mayor was instrumental and vital in the creation of the sister city relationship with Kawasaki. The sister city program flourished under his leadership and his tireless slogan, "Do It Now. " He traveled to Japan many times, bringing the Baltimore Orioles and the famous manager Joe Altobelli. The Japanese people love baseball too and were so impressed with our team and observing our mayor who was so involved.
April 14, 1993
On April Fool's Day, President Clinton said: "This is Japan's turn to lead." He must have been joking. As Mr. Clinton suspects, and will soon confirm when he meets Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa Friday, Japan is incapable of leading. If our new president had any doubts on the subject, he could tune in on Mr. Miyazawa's pre-summit conversation with American reporters. The wily old pol explained it's all a matter of gaiatsu, which, roughly translated, means Japan needs U.S. pressure to embarrass it into adopting prudent policies that its government detests and its people oppose.
June 29, 1994
In good times, Japan does not need political leadership. The civil service makes everything work. But Japan is in economic crisis, trying to get out of recession and regain prosperity so Japanese can buy imports and mute American criticism. Japan is facing a run by world money managers from a weak dollar into a stronger yen, making Japanese products expensive to export. Unless action is taken and confidence regained, Japan's recovery will halt. For that, the Japanese do need a government.
December 16, 1991
Paris. -- There were many historical parallels drawn in the course of last weekend's Pearl Harbor memorials, but the most important was neglected. It is that once again Japan's perception of encirclement and international incomprehension is being fed.The incomprehension is perhaps more important than the encirclement, but both produce a sense of vulnerability and isolation, which in turn may produce the conviction that Japan will eventually be forced into...
June 19, 1993
There cannot be much hope that Japan will agree to overhaul the trade imbalance with the U.S. in talks in Tokyo on June 27-28. Or that the Group of Seven summit in Tokyo on July 7-9 will bring a new trilateral understanding among North America, Europe and Japan.Japan is distracted by a political crisis without precedent in its postwar history. It will go to the summit represented by a prime minister, Kiichi Miyazawa, who has just been humiliated by a no-confidence vote caused by defectors in his all-powerful but all-tottering Liberal Democratic Party.