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  • Special to the JTA Three Rabbis Participate in Religious Summit in Japan

    Forty-two years ago this month, atomic bombs fell on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bombs brought World War II in the Pacific to an abrupt and merciful end, saving more than a million Allied and Japanese lives. But those horrific explosions also marked the beginning of a new kind of existence for… More ▸

  • New Links Between Bgu and Japan Seen

    New links may be established between Japanese industrialists and Ben Gurion University of the Negev if a Japanese professor has his way. Prof. Hideo Itokawa, one of the founders of Japan’s aeronautical industry and a leading industrial consultant, announced his intention to establish a group of Associates of Ben Gurion University in Japan, which will… More ▸

  • 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 Mitsuo Yamazaki, president of Seibu Department Stores, Ltd., said that Seibu has withdrawn from the forum at… More ▸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 ▸