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  1. The thriller in Manila

    Posted Aug 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... As vultures circle a troubled Shinzo Abe, Taro Aso is emerging as a frontrunner to succeed him, Greg Torode reports Habitually cautious and proper, Japanese envoys are hardly known for their swaggering ebullience. Yet those were the qualities Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso displayed during the Asean regional ministers' meetings in Manila this week. Dressed in immaculately ...

  2. Blade-letters man held in custody

    Posted Apr 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Loretta Fong A man who sent threatening letters containing cutter blades to Shinzo Abe before he became Japanese prime minister, and to Foreign Minister Taro Aso and Japan's former ... Eight were delivered to Mr Abe, who at the time was chief cabinet secretary, while the other two were sent to Mr Aso, and the then consul-general in Hong Kong, Takanori Kitamura. Lau, who ...

  3. Abe's foreign triumphs lost on the domestic front

    Posted Sep 13th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The political uncertainty in the world's second largest economy looks set to continue for some time. The frontrunner in that internal succession race is Mr Abe's foreign minister, Taro Aso. He ... historical issues. But Mr Aso, even more so than Mr Abe, has curbed his more extreme instincts and worked hard on the nuts and bolts of not just restoring but improving relations with Beijing. ...

  4. Japan's bitter prospects after Abe

    Posted Sep 15th 2007, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... by the old guard, who have just succeeded in undoing the damage Mr Koizumi did to them in the party. All the mainstream candidates are grey except for Taro Aso, the LDP's secretary-general. It is a telling comment on Mr Abe's resignation that shares in companies producing or selling manga (comic books) soared in the hope that Mr Aso will take over. Mr Aso loves manga, devouring several ...

  5. Shrine protester escapes jail over Japanese hate mail

    Posted May 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... blade. Eight of them were sent to Shinzo Abe when he was cabinet secretary, before becoming Japan's prime minister. The other two letters were sent to foreign minister Taro Aso ... was still working to support the family. She hoped Lau had learned from this trial and would contribute more to society in future. The court had heard that a letter addressed to Mr Aso was received ...

  6. Successor should tread Abe's diplomatic path

    Posted Sep 13th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... For the conservative front-runner, Taro Aso, taking a friendly line towards Beijing will not be easy. He is firmly rooted in nationalism, a stance that glorifies Japan's past at the expense of its future. ...

  7. Delay in manhunt for rebels angers army

    Posted Aug 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... say,' said a colonel who has served in the south. Japan's foreign minister, Taro Aso, buttressed Mr Garcia's stance when he said on the sidelines of the Asean forum in Manila: 'We ...

  8. Moderate conservative is safe, solid and reliable

    Posted Sep 24th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of debates and speeches over the past week or so to unseat early frontrunner Taro Aso, Mr Fukuda spoke extensively of the need to deepen ties with China and other countries and was determined to dump ... NHK. The need to reach out to Asian neighbours is a core part of his political thinking, policies imbued in him by his father, Takeo Fukuda. Like Mr Abe and Mr Aso, Mr Fukuda has a blue-blooded ...

  9. Shrine issue won't go away easily for Fukuda

    Posted Sep 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... former foreign minister Taro Aso. 'In short, I won't do it,' he said on Friday when asked about the need for a new shrine. 'If I say I'll do it, Mr Aso would strongly ...

  10. Beijing 'optimistic' about N Korea

    Posted Aug 01st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of a peace deal to end the Korean War, allowing normalised ties with South Korea, Japan and the US. A further 950,000 tonnes of fuel oil as aid are also on the table. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso sought to rally regional support for Tokyo's effort to force Pyongyang to resolve fully the North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s. Mr Aso has repeatedly ...




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