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News In Japan Time Warp. Each day, providing headlines and snippets from old newspaper articles about Japan.

In The News 43 Years Ago
April 22, 1975

Japan Extends High-Speed Rail Line to Her Southern Island. (NYT) At 5:40 A.M. a schoolboy cut a ribbon at Tokyo Station to send a sleek blue-and-white electric train on its way to Hakata, 668 miles away on Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu. Later at 1:32 PM, an identical train slid into Tokyo Station from Hakata. The two events marked the opening of the newest leg of this country's famed highspeed express train line, known here as the Shinkansen, or New Tokaido Line, and sometimes called outside of Japan the "bullet train."

Japan's Election Season Opens As Tokyo Chief Says He'll Run. (NYT) The Governor of Tokyo formally announced today that he would seek re-election, thus opening an election season that promises to be the most rousing in years. Ryokichi Minobe, who is seeking his third four-year term, will run with the support of the Socialist and Communist parties. His opponent will be Shintaro Ishihara, a popular member of Parliament, and Masatoshi Matsushita, a former university president from the middle-of-the-road Democratic Socialist party.

Soviet Gently but Clearly Cautions Japan Against Moving Toward Closer Ties With China. (NYT) The Soviet Union has begun to warn Japan, gently but unmistakably, that it is uneasy about the prospects of closer relations between Japan and China. The Soviet concern stems from the resumption of political discussions between Tokyo and Peking and the territorial dispute that has kept Japan and the Soviet Union from signing a peace treaty since the end of World War II.

Tanaka Is Assessed $140,300 More in Personal Taxes. (NYT) Former Premier Kakuei Tanaka of Japan, who was forced out of office in December in the wake of a corruption and "influence" scandal, has been assessed $140,300 in additional personal taxes for the last three years.

Sakura in Tokyo. (NYT) April is the time for cherry blossoms (sakura) in Japan, a season of subtle loveliness. Viewing the blossoms is at once an art, a pastime and a national sport. Each year experts solemnly predict precisely the day-sometimes the hour-when the blossoms will be at their height. For ordinary mortals, knowing the week should be enough. The best guess this year is that the blossoms will be out in Tokyo during the first week in April and that the trees will hit full bloom around April 10.

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