Two major problems with the world economy now are Japan and the United States. By most accounting methods, they are the world's two largest economies. They are in some difficulty and their respective leaders carry baggage.Monday, 29 November, 2004, 12:00am
It is hard to avoid the sad conclusion that Keizo Obuchi, lying near death in a Tokyo hospital, in all likelihood has worked himself to this state over one of the most difficult jobs in the modern political world. For Japan can boast of one of the world's most successful economies, but also one of its most inept polities.6 Apr 2000 - 12:00am
Resolutions announced after the cabinet reshuffle by Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi are the first official signals that the country's foreign and defence policies are changing. Tokyo is taking cautious steps towards playing a full role in international affairs.6 Oct 1999 - 12:00am
HERE we go again. Like a cracked record, Japanese Premier Keizo Obuchi told parliament on Friday that yet another stimulus budget was needed to keep the beginnings of an economic recovery rolling.15 Aug 1999 - 12:00am
Japanese economic recovery is at least three years away, according to a Western academic.
Pacific Basin Institute president Frank Gibney said yesterday economic reform would come only after political reform.27 Mar 1999 - 12:00am
When the Japanese Prime Minister, Keizo Obuchi, visits Seoul this week, there will be tough talking on how to handle the North Korean question. Rather less unity of purpose than previously must be expected since Japan has become less convinced about the relevance of the South Korea's 'sunshine policy' since a North Korea missile was fired over its territory in August.15 Mar 1999 - 12:00am
While Japan was refusing to give ground to China last week over events of more than half a century ago, two other adversaries of the 1930s and 40s were lining up on the other side of the world to co-ordinate policies.30 Nov 1998 - 12:00am
The repeated warnings by Financial Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen that, despite the recent surge in stock and property prices, Hong Kong cannot expect to experience a lasting recovery until the Japanese economy begins to revive were given added weight yesterday.28 Nov 1998 - 12:00am
President Jiang Zemin was consulting his advisers late last night on strategies to take during his historic summit with Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi this afternoon.
A diplomatic source said Mr Jiang, who arrived in Tokyo yesterday, hoped the Japanese leadership would make some private commitments on difficult issues, including Taiwan and security in the region.26 Nov 1998 - 12:00am
Relations between the world's two largest economies are going through yet another rough patch. For all the smiles and handshakes on President Bill Clinton's arrival in Japan yesterday, this week has seen some undiplomatic rhetoric that highlights the gulf between Washington and its most important ally in Asia.20 Nov 1998 - 12:00am