February 3, 1991
TOKYO -- Telephone sex has come to Japan, and it has gray-suited executives of the world's biggest corporation squirming -- with embarrassment.Scores of phone-a-moan lines have taken over more than one-fourth of the business of Dial Q2, an 18-month-old information-call service that at first provided sports results, advertisements and medical guidance.Going beyond the lead of tele-porn pioneers in the United States, Japan's entrepreneurs buy space in tabloid newspapers, sports dailies and mass-circulation magazines to run full-color photos of semi-nude women as promotions for tape-recorded sex programs or for a purported chance to talk with a female porn star.
January 5, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Any U.S. business pondering whether to take a crack at the bountiful market of Japan might first consider the pile of debt burying New Jersey inventor Sal Monte.A dozen years ago, Mr. Monte's small company, Kenrich Petrochemicals, set out to conquer Japan armed with 15 patented chemical additives that did such things as juice up the performance of audio recording tapes.One by one, the Japanese knocked his products off the market, citing environmental regulations and other fine print -- although those rules never affected the Japanese-made products that sprung up in their place.
November 14, 2011
Cal Ripken Jr. is on a U.S. State Department visit to the earthquake-damaged parts of Japan. We will post his videos from the trip here. You can get more information on the trip on Cal's blog.
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.