US alarm over crisis in Tokyo
President Clinton had great hopes that Mr Hosokawa could finally make progress in opening up the Japanese market to foreign exports.
The American ambassador to Tokyo, former vice-president Walter Mondale, publicly mourned Mr Hosokawa's demise. 'Here is a guy who offered a new Japan,' he said. 'There was such hope.'
Washington is now worried that progress towards reform will be halted by a long period of political stalemate in Japan as the ruling coalition searches for a new leader. Foreign Minister Tsutomu Hata emerged yesterday as the front-runner. But although he is also committed to political change, he may not be acceptable to the socialists in the coalition.
- 1 Kim Jong-un shows off airport designed by architect he likely had executed
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L James's Twitter Q&A didn't go exactly as planned
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An On-line Sales & Customer Ser...
£15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest hospitality companies...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As a result of significant cont...