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  1. Summit big on promises but short on solutions

    Posted Oct 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... prefer to tackle their own problems first and would not reach out for help until they felt the full impact of the financial meltdown. Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said that the world was just ... is, we all realise the severity of the problem and are determined to tackle it,' Mr Aso said. 'Since the world has not seen such a large-scale financial crisis since almost a century ...

  2. Japan's political road to nowhere

    Posted Sep 06th 2008, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... resignation. Taro Aso, the LDP secretary general, is the frontrunner to take over. He has the backing of many party provincial chapters, which will be the electorate, along with LDP parliamentary ... be the first to be swept away in any reforming zeal. Her best hope is to squeeze in between the anti-Aso camps. If Mr Aso, grandson of post-war prime minister Shigeru Yoshida, takes over, Japan ...

  3. Moment in the spotlight draws ever closer for manga-mad Aso

    Posted Sep 20th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent Immaculately groomed, relaxed and smiling among his rivals for the premiership of Japan, Taro Aso looked like a winner yesterday. Speaking ... the five-horse race sewn up. 'The others spoke about what they would do if they got the job, Aso acted if the job was already his,' said one seasoned political observer watching the debate ...

  4. End of the road for Aso and LDP?

    Posted Dec 13th 2008, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty How many more gaffes, as well as crass, idiotic, insulting and plain stupid remarks, can Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso make before even his friends tire of him and turf ... the most sweeping changes in the political landscape affect them, provide more jobs, or look after their sickly health systems and pensions? Mr Aso has been busy digging his own political grave. ...

  5. Aso will keep the hot seat lukewarm

    Posted Sep 27th 2008, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... Kevin Rafferty Pity the poor Japanese: this week, the hawkish 68-year-old political veteran Taro Aso was installed as prime minister, having been chosen by a landslide in the infamously fabled smoke-filled backrooms of the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party. More important, besides being Japan's 59th prime minister, Mr Aso has the doubtful privilege of being Japan's ...

  6. China, Japan agree to talk more over the phone

    Posted Oct 25th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok China and Japan agreed yesterday to improve communications by conducting more 'timely' exchanges over the phone, as Taro Aso met Chinese leaders in his first visit as Japan's prime minister. Mr Aso raised the idea with President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao in separate meetings before the opening of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Beijing. The meetings were ...

  7. Man of many faces won't be grey

    Posted Sep 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent From the breadth of his smile yesterday, it was clear Taro Aso had snared the job he wanted above all else. He had tried three times previously ... While it may be a job he has always wanted, his timing could not be worse. The LDP- the political giant that has dominated Japan for 52 years- is in unprecedented disarray. Mr Aso's job ...

  8. Much to discuss when Japan's new PM visits

    Posted Oct 06th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in top-level, face-to-face exchanges. It is important that such regular dialogue be maintained. So the news that the first overseas trip by Japan's new prime minister, Taro Aso, will be to Beijing ... Aso helped oversee a thaw in the bilateral relationship that reflected popular opinion and business realities, given that China is now Japan's biggest trading partner. Japanese ...

  9. Opportunity lost for change in Japan

    Posted Sep 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... leader, and consequently the nation's fourth prime minister in two years, the deeply conservative and gaffe-prone veteran politician, Taro Aso. Mr Aso beat out four other contenders, among ... rural and corporate powerbases, maintaining the party's close links to the bureaucracy and taking an uncompromising, nationalist line towards the region. In Mr Aso, the party believes ...

  10. Japan's likely next PM has ability to charm and revile

    Posted Sep 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode and Kristine Kwok Should political veteran Taro Aso become Japan's next prime minister as expected, China and other regional powers will be dealing with a known quantity. But any sense of comfort is likely to end there. As former foreign minister to both the charismatic prime minister Junichiro Koizumi and his successor, Shinzo Abe, Mr Aso displayed an ability ...




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