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  • Behind the Headlines: Japanese Takeover of Mca Raises Concerns About Boycott

    The takeover of the Hollywood entertainment conglomerate MCA by a Japanese company has raised questions about Japanese compliance with the Arab-led boycott of Israel, and the extent to which compliance may decline with Japan’s growing role in American businesses. A leading Jewish organization has charged that Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, which acquired MCA on Monday… More ▸

  • Waldheim Going to Tokyo Coronation, but Won’t Meet with Japanese Leaders

    The World Jewish Congress could not prevent Kurt Waldheim from going to Tokyo. But it believes it succeeded in isolating the Austrian president with a Nazi past, who is among the many chiefs of state or their representatives attending the coronation of Emperor Akihito on Monday. The WJC reported receiving assurances from Tokyo that no… More ▸

  • No Anti-semitism Among Japanese, Ambassador Assures Jews Here

    Japan’s ambassador to the United States sought to assure a Jewish audience last week that anti-Semitism is not prevalent among the Japanese people. “I can say categorically anti-Semitism has no root in my country,” Ambassador Ryohei Murata said at an Oct. 29 luncheon sponsored by the Washington chapter of the American Jewish Committee. Murata said… More ▸

  • Haifa Museum Offering Reward for Stolen Japanese Miniatures

    Museum authorities in Haifa are offering a $5,000 award for information leading to the recovery of a collection of Japanese miniature art objects, which were stolen early Monday morning from the municipality’s Museum of Japanese Art on Mount Carmel. The collection, which was uninsured, is reportedly valued at $300,000. The thieves did not touch paintings… More ▸

  • Arens Wins Agreement from Japanese for Annual Bilateral Consultations

    Israel and Japan will conduct annual bilateral discussions on international issues and projects of mutual interest, beginning in January. Japanese leaders agreed to the discussions during a five-day official visit here by Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens, which ended Saturday. The trip was described as successful, even though Arens did not see eye to eye… More ▸

  • Trade Relations High on Agenda of Arens’ Six-day Visit to Japan

    Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens arrives in Tokyo on Monday for an official six-day visit that is to include talks with Japanese political and business leaders, including Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu. Arens’ visit follows a trip to Israel in June 1988 by Sosuke Uno, then Japanese foreign minister. His trip is expected to focus on… More ▸

  • Japan Has Yen for Israeli Diamonds

    Israel began its first joint business venture in diamonds with Japan on Wednesday. A factory was opened in Beit She’an where Israelis will finish off rough-cut diamonds for export to a major Japanese jewelry-maker, Tasaki Shinju Co. Ltd. of Kobe. More ▸

  • Japan, South Korea Accused of Backing Boycott of Israel

    More than 100 members of Congress are charging the governments of Japan and South Korea with “condoning” decisions by firms in their countries not to sell goods to Israel. In letters Aug. 7 to then Japanese Prime Minister Sosuke Uno and South Korean Premier Kang Young Hoon, 101 U.S. lawmakers accused them of violating “free-trade… More ▸

  • Japan Envoy Presents Credentials

    Japan’s new ambassador to Israel presented his credentials to President Chaim Herzog on Wednesday and expressed his government’s “deep appreciation” of Israel’s decision to send Herzog to Tokyo for the funeral of Emperor Hirohito of Japan on Feb. 23. That decision has been widely criticized by Israelis because Hirohito ruled Japan when it was allied… More ▸

  • Survey: Despite Little Contact, Japanese Negative Toward Jews

    Many Japanese hold negative attitudes toward Jews despite the fact that only one in 100 has had direct contact with them, according to a Gallup poll commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. The findings were presented at a session of ADL’s National Executive Committee meeting at the Breakers Hotel here last week. Burton… More ▸