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August 17, 1995
The apology for Japan's wartime atrocities a half century ago made by Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama has already produced good results. Asian governments have welcomed it. Japanese citizens have begun a long-suppressed national dialogue on the rights and wrongs of it. Mr. Murayama has started a long-delayed healing process with Asian neighbors that Japan conquered and destroyed in the 1930s and '40s."
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NEWS
April 12, 2005
THE THOUSANDS of angry protesters who took to the streets in anti-Japanese demonstrations last weekend in Beijing and southern China - with, of course, the tacit approval of Chinese authorities - reflect dangerously rising Sino-Japanese tensions that are no mere sideshow for Americans. The United States has a deep interest in peace in this region, specifically in seeing neither a remilitarized Japan nor an aggressively expansive China. But the U.S. invasion of Iraq has hastened a decided weakening of Washington's long dominance in East Asia - leaving a power vacuum in which a China rapidly gaining strength vies for primacy with Japan.
BUSINESS
By Marcia Stepanek and Marcia Stepanek,Hearst News Service | June 5, 1995
WASHINGTON -- In the surly auto trade brawl between the United States and Japan, Tokyo is hanging tough and is unlikely to back down because it thinks it's right and it thinks it's going to win.President Clinton and his trade team have been betting that Japanese carmakers will figure it's cheaper to buy enough U.S-made auto parts to make Detroit happy than to risk Washington's threatened $5.9 billion in tariffs on Japanese luxury cars, which are set to...
NEWS
October 17, 2002
GEN. DOUGLAS MacArthur oversaw the postwar occupation of Japan from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. An ideal spot, in the heart of the city, overlooking the Imperial Palace. The proximity to the palace proved fortuitous to the general's mission, for his success in reforming Japan after its surrender in 1945 could not have been accomplished without the cooperation of the reigning emperor, Hirohito. General MacArthur recognized the cultural and historical significance of the emperor in Japanese society.
NEWS
April 15, 1992
While the Tokyo stock market meanders at its lowest levels in six years, Wall Street punctured the 3300-mark for the first time yesterday. Does this mean that the Japanese economy is in worse shape than the American? Don't believe it. The U.S. recession is for real, reflecting structural defects that signal declining influence worldwide; the Japanese recession is primarily a healthy, deliberate, government-induced puncturing of a speculative bubble.Indeed, the Japanese recession in many ways is the kind of recovery the U.S. would dearly like to have.
NEWS
August 11, 1993
With the formal election of Morihiro Hosokawa as prime minister, the new Japanese government needs to start implementing its shaky mandate. The coalition of eight parties that narrowly won last month's elections has made it clear what it is against: continued rule by the long-dominant Liberal Democrats. Now it has to show what it is for. Ousting the Liberal Democrats after 38 years of unbroken rule was difficult enough; governing Japan afterward will be more so.The election result was as much a self-inflicted wound by the Liberal Democrats as it was a political victory for the disparate melange of parties that make up the governing coalition.
NEWS
November 29, 1991
With its historic introduction of regular, full scale high-definition television, Japan has ushered in a new era in mass communications. Japan also has graphically demonstrated that it's not just Americans who are capable of making egregious misjudgments of the market. Any nation can.After more than a decade's effort, Japan, the world leader in consumer electronics, has brought out television sets that cost $30,000 each to show a picture made up of 1,125 lines of broadcast information. U.S. television uses 525 lines, so Japan's new system is an order of magnitude sharper.
NEWS
November 16, 1992
On the surface it looks just like the sort of political squabble most democratic countries have from time to time. A politician gets caught handling dirty money, gets off with a slap on the wrist, precipitates a public uproar and a factional fight within his party and is forced to resign. But the drama being played out in Japan has some of the earmarks of a political earthquake.Political corruption is nothing new in the peculiar kind of democracy that has existed less than half a century in the ancient kingdom.
NEWS
April 17, 1994
The United States will not soon get satisfaction in its trade dispute with Japan and will have to delay ultimatums about sanctions. At the moment, there is no one in Japan with the authority to make concessions, and it may be a prolonged moment. The resignation of Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa leaves confusion and weakness at least until a successor is named, and probably longer. Meanwhile, the system moves along under the lubrication of the powerful bureaucracy, which can do everything but change.
NEWS
January 22, 1994
In rejecting political reforms, the Liberal Democratic troglodytes of Japan's House of Councilors or upper house of parliament have not merely canceled the mandate of the August election to the lower house. The political crisis they brought about cripples the government's ability to face the economic crisis, a recession that has seen share and property prices halved in three years. It is now doubtful that Prime Minster Morihiro Hosokawa can bring about the stimulus package he promised.The crisis also cripples Japan's ability to negotiate.
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