US - Japan

Chronology from Jul 2002 to Oct 2002

: PM Koizumi reshuffles Cabinet; gives Financial Services portfolio to METI Minister Takenaka Heizo and replaces Defense Agency head Nakatani with Ishiba Shigeru.

: Nikkei Weekly reports that senior Liberal Democratic Party member Nakagawa Hidenao had discussed with leaders of ASEAN nations the possible relocation of the U.S. Marine bases in Okinawa to ASEAN nations.

: At G-7 finance ministers meeting, U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill expresses confusion about Japan’s recent policy. “I did not come away with understanding of how these particular interventions are going to contribute to a change.”

: TV Tokyo poll shows that PM Koizumi’s approving rate reached 71 percent.

: USCEA Chairman Hubbard urges Tokyo to support the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy to fight deflation.

: Bank of Japan Governor Hayami announces plan to buy bank equity holdings directly.

: PM Koizumi meets Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang.

: FM Kawaguchi meets National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and other senior officials in Washington.

: U.S. Council for Economic Advisors (CEA) Chairman Glenn Hubbard urges the Bank of Japan to take action to fight deflation.

:   Japan raises suspected North Korean spy-ship.

: Chief Cabinet Secretary Fukuda denies Asahi report on the prospect of a Japanese military role in Afghanistan.

: Japanese National Space Development Agency launches third H-2A rocket.

: PM Koizumi in the U.S.; meets President Bush and gives speeches at Harvard University, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

: Trilateral Coordination and Oversight Group (TCOG) meets in Seoul.

: Asahi poll shows 77 percent of Japanese oppose a U.S. military attack on Iraq, while 32 percent of Americans oppose.

: U.S. forces participate in Okinawa Prefectural disaster preparedness drill for the first time.

: Asahi and Yomiuri polls show that PM Koizumi’s support rate is 43 percent and 45.7 percent respectively, a 4-5 percent decline.

: PM Koizumi and Deputy Secretary Armitage meet in Tokyo; Koizumi informs the U.S. of his plan to visit North Korea Sept. 17.

: Kyodo News reports Kitty Hawk crew was arrested in early August for smuggling 4 million yen worth of marijuana.

: Asahi reports that Tokyo will not sign a bilateral treaty with the U.S. to avoid handing over U.S. soldiers to the International Criminal Court, as has been requested by Washington.

: Emergency simulation drill of a radiation leak from a US nuclear-powered submarine is held in Yokosuka, involving 400 local residents, SDF members, and Cabinet officials.

: U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln docks at Sasebo.

: Nasdaq Japan announces that it will terminate operations.

: Kitty Hawk crew member is arrested on suspicion of robbery in Kanagawa.

: Washington announces it will add 37 steel imports from Japan to safeguard exemptions list.

: The Okinawa Prefectural Assembly passes resolution to protest machinegun drills conducted by U.S. military, claiming they threaten Okinawa citizens.

: U.S. Department of Commerce and USTR announce that 30-40 percent of steel imports from Japan will be added to their list of exclusions from emergency tariffs.

: 57th anniversary of Nagasaki atomic bombing.  Nagasaki Mayor Ito Itcho condemns U.S. nuclear policy.  PM Koizumi repeats Japan’s no-nuclear policy.

: The Ginowan Municipal Assembly protests U.S. military training flights.

: MOFA Director General Tanaka visits Washington to consult on North Korea policy with the Bush administration.

: 57th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing.  Hiroshima Mayor Akiba Tadatoshi denounces U.S. unilateralism and warns “[t]he probability that nuclear weapons will be used and the danger of nuclear war are increasing.”  PM Koizumi repeats no-nuclear policy.

: U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and Japanese FM Kawaguchi Yoriko meet at Brunei during ASEAN Regional Forum meeting.

: Tokyo and Okinawa prefecture agree to relocate U.S. Marine heliport in Ginowan to Nago, Okinawa.

: Japan and European Union agree to oppose cuts in farm tariffs and subsidies proposed by the U.S.

: U.S. and Japanese officials say Japan plans to station two Japanese SDF officials at the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, FL.

: Liberal Democratic Party members establish a study group for revisions of U.S.-Japan SOFA.

: Asahi poll shows that 20 percent of voters favor Koizumi, 11 percent Tokyo Gov. Ishihara Shintaro, as next prime minister.

: The National Governors Association demands the review of the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).

: Tokyo District Court rejects U.S. government lawsuit over Atsugi Air Base contract signed in the 1980s.  The lawsuit was originally filed in 1994.

: Japanese Defense Agency (JDA) head Nakatani Gen announces Self-Defense Forces (SDF) integration plan.

: Tokyo extends deadline for retaliation against U.S. emergency tariffs on steel items to Aug. 31.

: Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Director General of the Asian and Oceania Affairs Bureau Tanaka Hitoshi meet in Washington and discuss Japan’s North Korea policy.

: Mainichi Shimbun reports Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro’s approval rate has recovered to 44 percent.

: Universal Studios Japan (USJ) says it served expired food items from June 2001 to Feb. 2002.

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