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I have made this page a timeline of the Showa period. This increase in the volume was enough to knock off 'stub' notation but might not be what should be here. Anyway feel free to contribute.
Revth 13:59, 27 Feb 2004 (UTC)
- Another aspect in Japanese foreign policy was the Middle East. After 1952 the Japanese policy towards that region involved a dilema between pursuing relations with the government of Israel or relations with the Arab governments, this due to political pressures by the League of Arab States to refrain from any contacts with the Israeli government. The Japanese government, therefore, took a middle course betwen the two alternatives, maintaining diplomatic relations with both sides while keeping relations with the Israeli government at a low key. Diplomatic relations were established with the Israeli government at a Legation level on May 15, 1952. They were raised to Embassy level only on July 5, 1963.
- As part of its low key involvement, the Japanese government refrained from advocating clear-cut solutions for the Arab-Israeli conflict, while supporting some form of compromise between the parties under UN auspices. This position was evident in the Japanese voting behaviour in 1967, as the Japanese UN delegation demanded an unspecified Israeli withdrawal without condemnations for Israeli conduct in the Six Day War. This changed on November 22, 1973, as the Japanese government began demanding an Israeli withdrawal from all territories occupied in 1967. This change in policy resulted from the oil crisis generated by OPEC. During the 1990s, the Japanese government endorsed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and became a member among the donor countries to the Palestinian Authority.
-- JTN 23:35, 2005 Mar 20 (UTC)