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  1. Unpleasant echoes of past reflect complacent attitude

    Posted Dec 08th 2005, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall Aso speech seen as giving Beijing new excuse to criticise New Foreign Minister Taro Aso's vision of Japan as a 'thought leader' and a stabiliser that will bring ... that is highly unwelcome for Japan.' In his speech yesterday, Mr Aso said Japan should reflect on the pain it caused its neighbours in the past and consider other countries as equals before stating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/528382
  2. Accurate view of past would help future relations

    Posted Dec 24th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... paper on peaceful development, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso described China as posing a 'considerable threat' that fanned anxiety in his country. His remarks could ... repeated visits to the Yasukuni Shrine. Mr Aso could not have failed to expect the strong reaction his words provoked from China. Nevertheless, Mr Aso's remarks were perfectly in tune with his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/530462
  3. Tokyo hawks a new hurdle for ties

    Posted Nov 04th 2005, 12:00am by Cary Huang, Julian Ryall

    ... of International Studies, described the timing of the appointments as bad. The cabinet reshuffle promoted Shinzo Abe, 51, to the post of chief cabinet secretary and made Taro Aso, 65, foreign minister. ... Sino-Japanese relations to deteriorate. Apart from supporting the shrine visits, Mr Abe and Mr Aso were also known for their critical views on the mainland and close links with Taiwanese independence ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/523420
  4. Koizumi takes a dangerous step, but his hawks will not prevail

    Posted Nov 07th 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... reshuffle last week. Many overseas and Chinese analysts have noted that hawkish Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Aso are both wary of China's economic and military ... in the Japanese government coming hand in hand with Tokyo's efforts to seek closer military and political links with Washington. That is bad news for China. After his appointment, Mr Aso said his top ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/523886
  5. A quarrel that won't go away

    Posted Nov 04th 2005, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... Japanese war dead. The two hawks are Shinzo Abe, the new chief cabinet secretary, and Taro Aso, who was appointed foreign minister. Mr Abe has been pressing for Japan to impose economic sanctions on North Korea, in contrast to South Korea's policy of engagement. Mr Aso angered South Koreans in 2003 when, as head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's policy research body, he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/523368
  6. Incomes of Japanese politicians hit new low

    Posted Jul 07th 2005, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... year by Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Taro Aso. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi posted a respectable 38.17 million yen, down 1.65 million yen from the previous year. The law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/507326/incomes-japanese-politicians-hit-new-low
  7. Chance for Koizumi to create a lasting legacy

    Posted Nov 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... inflamed by new Japanese school textbooks playing down the country's record. Mr Koizumi's cabinet appointments do not reveal a willingness to make amends; his new foreign minister, Taro Aso, was the only cabinet member to visit Yasukuni in April, while his new chief cabinet secretary, Shinzo Abe, has staunchly defended the trips. Both men have been tipped as possible ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/523121
  8. Personalities portrayed in a simple, comical way

    Posted Dec 17th 2005, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... There are about 300 kyogen plays featuring folk tales and religious rituals. The largest category comprises the Taro-kaja plays. Taro-kaja characters represent people who cannot escape their destiny ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/529587
  9. Perfect Match

    Posted Nov 17th 2005, 12:00am by Simon Tam

    ... Simon Tam The clay pot dish of wu tau kau yuk (braised taro and pork belly) is delicious, but it's too sinfully rich for weight- watchers. Chunks of purple-fleshed taro are first ... umami (the so-called fifth taste) characteristic. The tender taro thickens the sauce and soaks up much of the flavourings. The pork gives the dish a sweet, meaty richness. The best wine with wu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/525267
  10. Government considering amending aviation ordinance

    Posted Feb 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... offences to the ASO to deal with the issue of offences committed by unruly passengers,' the spokesman explained. He said the proposed offences included obstruction of crew members, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/489225/government-considering-amending-aviation-ordinance

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