Boring leader who got Japan moving

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.

Thursday, 6 April, 2000, 12:00am

Confronting the past

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

Japan recovery 'at least' three years off

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

PM confident of recovery

Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi said yesterday he is certain of Japan's economic revival.

Mr Obuchi told a New Year news conference there are 'positive moves or quickening' being felt in the economy.

2 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

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'You have to spend your way out of a recession.' M&C Saatchi chief Michael Moszynski.

'We are going to have five to six months of good old-fashioned chaos in the oil market.' Salomon Smith Barney analyst Peter Gignoux.

6 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Asian elite's diplomatic moves in European decor

The long-awaited summit between leaders of the two major Asian countries took place yesterday afternoon in a European setting - two ornate rooms in the Western-style, century-old Akasaka Palace.

The summit was divided into two sections: a 'small-circle' meeting with seven leaders on each side, then a 'big-circle' meeting incorporating six more ministers each.

27 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Unresolved legacies

Given the depth of bitterness that still exists over Japanese atrocities committed half a century ago, it is unlikely any act of atonement will ever be considered sufficient.

Tokyo is expected to go further than before to bury this legacy when Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi apologises for his nation's wartime aggression during today's summit with President Jiang Zemin.

26 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Maps highlight war targets

Maps found by Hong Kong collectors show the Japanese army was prepared to launch attacks on American cities at least seven years before they bombed Pearl Harbour.

Without warning, Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbour in Hawaii in 1941, lifting the curtain on the Pacific War.

25 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

Beyond apologies

THE sudden rise of the yen on the international exchanges probably did more for Japan's relations with South Korea and China this week than any number of political statements by Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi.

11 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Summit solutions

The Japan-United States summit, which begins tomorrow, promises to involve what are known in diplomatic circles as 'frank exchanges' between the world's two richest nations.

21 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Mainland jitters hit region's currencies

Currencies and stock markets are continuing to tumble in the region despite further weekend assurances from President Jiang Zemin that Beijing is not going to devalue the yuan.

11 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

New York dive hits US dollar

The US dollar fell for a second day against the yen yesterday as a slump in US stocks sapped demand for the US currency, dealers said.

It was also undermined by expectations Japanese tax cuts planned by Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi for next year would amount to about seven trillion yen (about HK$374.12 billion) according to members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

6 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Obuchi pledge lifts index

Hong Kong share prices rose nearly 1 per cent yesterday in a surprise late-afternoon rally after Japanese Foreign Minister Keizo Obuchi was selected as the new head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, brokers said.

The Hang Seng Index rose 81.21 points to 8,257.46, off a low of 8,018.89 as the market awaited news of who was to become Japan's next prime minister on July 30.

25 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Tung arrives in Tokyo

Tung Chee-hwa arrived in Tokyo last night for a three-day visit to promote better relations and lure back tourists. He will meet Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, Foreign Minister Keizo Obuchi and the powerful Japan Federation of Economic Organisations, known as the Keidanren, today.

16 Oct 1997 - 12:00am