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  • 60 Lawmakers Urge Japan to Invite Jerusalem to Conference in Kyoto

    Sixty House members have signed a letter to Nobuo Matsunaga, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, urging that Jerusalem be invited to send representatives to a World Conference of Historical Cities to be held in Kyoto in November. “Any conference on the impact of the major cities of the world on the history of… More ▸

  • Japanese Store Withdraws from Confab Featuring Anti-semitic Author

    A leading Japanese department store has cancelled its sponsorship of a Tokyo forum June 2-3 following a protest by the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith because the scheduled lecturer was Masumi Uno, the author of two anti-Semitic books. Mitsuo Yamazaki, president of Seibu Department Stores, Ltd., said that Seibu has withdrawn from the forum at… More ▸

  • Concern Expressed over Rise of Anti-semitic Literature in Japan

    Officials of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith have expressed concern to Japanese Ambassador Nobuo Matsunago about the rise of anti-Semitic literature in Japan. They told Matsunago at a meeting here Monday that the ADL wanted “to work with the Japanese by making available materials to reduce prejudice and stereotyping,” according to Jess Hordes, ADL’s… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Establish Committee to Counter Japan’s Boycott of Israel

    Several national Jewish organizations have joined forces to counter Japan’s adherence to the Arab boycott of Israel. The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, American Jewish Committee and American Jewish Congress established the “American Steering Committee on Freedom of Trade with Israel,” to monitor the Arab boycott. U.S. State Department officials have confronted Japanese officials about… More ▸

  • Japan Denies Inviting Waldheim

    The Foreign Ministry has denied reports from Austria that President Kurt Waldheim was invited to visit Japan by Emperor Hirohito. Waldheim’s office in Vienna said last Friday that the President, who remains diplomatically isolated since his Nazi past was revealed, had been invited to make an official visit to Japan in June. But a Foreign… More ▸

  • Waldheim to Visit Japan at the Invitation of Emperor Hirohito

    The diplomatic isolation that has dogged President Kurt Waldheim as a result of the exposure of his Nazi past during last summer’s election campaign, may have ended. The daily Neue Kronenzeitung reported Thursday that he will visit Japan in the near future, at the invitation of Emperor Hirohito. Waldheim, who won the election last July… More ▸

  • Japan Seeking Diversified Trade Links with Israel

    Shinichi Yanai, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan, said here Wednesday that his country would welcome increased and diversified imports from Israel. He spoke at a meeting with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Ronni Milo, who said his guest’s remarks were a positive development in trade relations between the two countries. Japan, which exports everything from… More ▸

  • Japanese Recall Two Holocausts

    On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., the Japanese city of Hiroshima was destroyed by an atomic bomb. At 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, 41 years later, a group of 18 Japanese from Hiroshima stood in silent prayer at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial here. They said afterwards that they prayed not only for the victims of… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Judaica Preserved in Japan

    The largest assortment of Judaica in the Far East has been established amid the Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples in the old Japanese capital of Kyoto by a world-famous calligrapher, Kampo Harada. Ronald and Phyllis Show of Woodbridge visited Harada in Kyoto while on a recent business trip for the Pilot Pen Corporation of America,… More ▸

  • Adlurges U.S. to Press Japan on Adherence to Arab Boycott of Israel

    The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith has called on the Reagan Administration and members of Congress to make clear in trade discussions with the Japanese that their adherence to the Arab economic boycott against Israel “puts in question their claims of being the champions of free trade.” In a resolution passed during the ADL’s national… More ▸