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  • 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 ▸

  • As Japan Warms Ties with Israel, Its Leaders Meet with PLO Official

    A senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organization was in Tokyo last week for meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita and Foreign Minister Sosuke Uno. Farouk Kaddoumi, head of the PLO’s political department, repeated his call for Japan to help “activate the peace process.” In a 25-minute meeting last week, Takeshita told Kaddoumi that… More ▸

  • Japanese Official Thanks Shamir

    Foreign Minister Sosuke Uno of Japan has written to Premier Yitzhak Shamir, thanking him for “the warmest hospitality extended to me and my delegation during our recent visit to your country.” Uno, the first Japanese Cabinet minister to visit Israel, was here June 26 on a one-day visit. His letter, received at the beginning of… More ▸

  • Japanese Foreign Minister Meets with Israeli Leaders, Palestinians

    Japan plans to take a more active role to help resolve the Middle East conflict, its foreign minister, Sosuke Uno, told Israeli leaders and Palestinians during a busy one-day visit Sunday. According to Israeli sources, he stressed to Premier Yitzhak Shamir that Japan recognize the Palestinians’ right to self determination, as well as the right… More ▸

  • Japan Inundated with Anti-semitic Books, Says Wiesenthal Center

    “Japan is a country very taken with literature that smacks of classics anti-Semitic scapegoating,” but unlike the West, it has not led to any overt anti-Semitic acts, according to Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center here. Cooper spoke on his return from a week-long fact-finding mission to Japan, where he visited… More ▸

  • Japanese Foreign Minister to Pay an Unprecedented Visit to Israel

    Japanese Foreign Minister Sosuke Uno’s visit to Israel later this month will be the first by a high-level Japanese official to the Jewish state. Shingo Yamagami, second secretary at the Japanese Embassy here, said Uno will visit Israel sometime between June 22 and June 27. The purpose of the visit will be to “exchange opinions”… More ▸

  • Japanese Want to Sell to Israel, but Are Afraid to Break Boycott

    Japanese manufacturers, especially the automakers, want to sell to Israel, but neither the government nor any leading company is willing to openly buck the Arab boycott, according to a Tokyo business magazine. In an article called “Under the Arab Thumb,” the March issue of the English-language publication Business Tokyo notes that unlike the United States… More ▸

  • Japanese Rabbi Urges Stepsto Combat Anti-semitism There

    American Jews should construct a Jewish cultural center in Tokyo to disseminate information that would counter negative Japanese perceptions of Jews, Japan’s sole rabbi urged here last week. Michael Schudrick, spiritual leader of the Jewish Community Center in Tokyo, explained that the stereotypes were essentially the result of a recent spate of anti-Semitic books. He… More ▸