US - Japan
Chronology from Apr 2002 to Jul 2002
: PM Koizumi meets President Bush on the sidelines of G-8 meeting in Canada.
: U.S.-based CNBC buys $15 million a stake, about 3 percent, in TV Tokyo.
: Amb. Baker says Japan has withdrawn opposition to U.S. indigenous people’s whaling rights, which was denied in IWC meeting in May.
: PM Koizumi promises that he will speed negotiations on relocation of the U.S. Futenma heliport in Okinawa.
: Asahi poll shows Koizumi support rate at 37 percent and disapproval rate at 47 percent.
: METI Minister Hiranuma announces delay of retaliation plan against U.S. steel tariffs.
: City assembly of Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, adopts a resolution to protest Ambassador Howard Baker’s May 19 remark expressing gratitude to Okinawa for hosting the bulk of the U.S. military presence in Japan.
: Okinawa Gov. Inamine protests U.S. nuclear test on June 7.
: Crew member of USS Curtis Wilbur arrested in Nagasaki for allegedly injuring bar employee.
: JDA dispatches destroyer Satogiri and oiler Hamana to Indian Ocean.
: U.S. Commerce Department announces that Japanese direct investment in the U.S. fell 85.4 percent in FY 2001.
: Japan ratifies Kyoto Protocol on climate control.
: Moody’s downgrades Japan sovereign debt.
: Cabinet Secretary Fukuda comments on Japan’s nonnuclear principles, widely interpreted to mean change is possible.
: Tokyo District Court rules that the Japanese government pay ¥ 2.4 billion in damages to 4,763 residents for noise caused by U.S. military aircraft at Yokota Air Force base.
: Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Glenn Hubbard says Japan should promote personal and corporate tax cuts, indicating disapproval of Koizumi’s reluctance to make tax cuts.
: Okinawa Prefecture police and U.S. Forces Japan hold annual meetings to discuss crime issues around the U.S. bases in Okinawa.
: The U.S. Navy cancels demo flights at Atsugi base.
: The Japan Times reports that 28 U.S. nuclear-powered submarines have made port calls without notification, due to security concerns, since Sept. 11 attacks.
: Japan notifies the WTO of intent to retaliate against U.S. tariffs on steel imports.
: Thirtieth anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japan from U.S. occupation.
: OECD announces that the U.S. has replaced Japan as the top donor of Official Development Assistance.
: U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham meets METI Minister Hiranuma on the sidelines of the G-8 meeting. Abraham says the U.S. intends to rejoin the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project.
: Asahi reveals that Japanese MSDF officials asked Commander of U.S. Naval Staff Adm. Robert Chaplin on April 10 to suggest that Washington request Japan dispatch Aegis-equipped destroyers and P-3C anti-submarine patrol aircraft.
: Japanese Diet begins debate on yuji hosei.
: Secretary Powell suggests the U.S. might request Japan’s help with the Middle East peace process.
: FM Kawaguchi visits Teheran and urges Iran to repair its bilateral relationship with the U.S.
: Japanese Defense White Paper expresses support for plan to upgrade the JDA to a ministry.
: Kyodo News Agency poll shows Koizumi Cabinet’s approval rate drops to 43.4 percent and disapproval rate is 45.1 percent; 80.2 percent of respondents speculate Koizumi Cabinet will not last more than one year.
: U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill urges Japan to use the WTO to settle steel dispute with the U.S. instead of taking “unilateral trade actions.”
: U.S. Marine is arrested on suspicion of assaulting two Japanese women in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
: METI Minister Hiranuma meets USTR Zoellick.
: Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfwitz says Washington wants Japan to deploy an Aegis-equipped destroyer to the Indian Ocean at a meeting with Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary General Yamasaki Taku in Washington.
: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers meets with JDA head Nakatani in Tokyo.
: Tokyo Shimbun reports that U.S. National Security Council indicates that U.S. intends to participate in the process of identifying the alleged North Korean spy boat that sank in the East China Sea.
: Yomiuri Shimbun poll shows Koizumi support rate at 51 percent, disapproval rate at 47 percent.
: Finance Minster Shiokawa Masajuro pledges tax cuts and maintenance of easy monetary policy to boost Japanese economy at G-7 meeting in Washington.
: Yuji hosei submitted to the Diet.
: Japanese Cabinet endorses yuji hosei (“emergency legislation”).
: FM Kawaguchi expresses Japan’s full support for U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s mediation effort in Middle East.
: U.S.-Japan working-level security meetings held in Washington, D.C., with both defense and foreign ministry officials. Asahi reports that U.S. officials informally request Japan dispatch Aegis-equipped warship in the case of a U.S. attack on Iraq.
: Standard & Poor’s downgrades Japan’s long-term sovereign credit rating for the second time in six months.
: USTR Robert Zoellick meets with Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) Hiranuma Takeo and Foreign Minister Kawaguchi Yoriko in Tokyo.
: Two hundred more SDF personnel arrive in East Timor, bringing total deployment to 700.
: JDA head Nakatani Gen announces JDA plan to withdraw a destroyer and a fleet oiler from the supporting mission for the war in Afghanistan.
: Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) meeting in Tokyo.
: Liberal Party leader Ozawa Ichiro suggests Japan could “produce nuclear warheads” if threatened by Chinese “arrogance.”
: Secretary of Cabinet Chief Fukuda Yasuo responds to USTR report saying, “the trade report contains inaccurate descriptions of Japan.”
: U.S. Navy agrees to pay $11.47 million compensation to Ehime Prefecture for the damage caused to the Ehime Maru by USS Greeneville. Compensation for victims of the incident is not included.
: The Asahi Shimbun reports that Koizumi Cabinet support rate hits a record low of 40 percent, dropping below its disapproval rate of 44 percent.
: U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) report urges Japan to promote liberalization efforts in the fields of telecommunications, agriculture, and automobiles in the 2002 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers.