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  1. New test of character as Tokyo brings language up to date

    Posted Dec 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... found to their cost. In late 2008, then-prime minister Taro Aso was caught out on several occasions in short order mispronouncing his characters. In an address to a Japan-China student exchange organisation at his alma mater, Gakushuin University, Aso shocked the guests by describing ties between the two countries as hanzatsu, meaning 'troublesome', instead of hinpan, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/732174/new-test-character-tokyo-brings-language-date
  2. Accidental prime minister's brief reign

    Posted Jun 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Hatoyama. 'The LDP has been through three prime ministers- Shinzo Abe, Yasuo Fukuda and Taro Aso- who never distinguished themselves in leadership positions in the party but had simply put ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/716006/accidental-prime-ministers-brief-reign
  3. The bad-news bearer

    Posted Apr 29th 2010, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... a graph prepared by the Japanese Cabinet Office to make that point. It was the same graph that former Japanese prime minister Taro Aso used to lecture US President Barack Obama for 45 minutes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/712851/bad-news-bearer
  4. Grandma Grandpa Cook

    Posted Jun 13th 2010, 12:00am by Susan Jung

    ... dishes. Many of the recipes will be familiar to people of Chinese descent no matter where they were raised: pork belly with taro, carrot and green turnip soup; steamed fish with spring onion and ginger; steamed chicken with dried lily flowers and black fungus; and silken bean curd dessert. Other dishes, such as chilli crab and mo mo cha cha (a Malaysian dessert of taro, sago and beans ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/716989/grandma-grandpa-cook
  5. Bare Essence of Life

    Posted Aug 12th 2010, 12:00am by Clarence Tsui

    ... Clarence Tsui Starring: Kenichi Matsuyama, Kumiko Aso, Arata Director: Satoko Yokohama Category: IIA (Japanese) On paper, the director and star of Bare Essence of Life seem strange ... Yonji (Matsuyama, below left) is a hyperactive young man whose life as a farmer in a small town in northern Japan changes when a Tokyo woman, Matsuko (Kumiko Aso), takes a job at the local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/721919/bare-essence-life
  6. Little Oriental Garden

    Posted Apr 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Victoria Burrows

    ... Victoria Burrows Fare Predominantly vegetarian dishes with a focus on tofu, taro and mushrooms, but the restaurant is also famous for its salt-baked chicken (top) and sweet and sour pork. ... the skin, which had been seasoned and spiced perfectly, was crisp while the meat was tender. The deep-fried taro rolls and the vegetable-stuffed rolls were both non-oily and delicious; ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/712107/little-oriental-garden
  7. A Dictionary of Cantonese Colloquialisms in English

    Posted Sep 12th 2010, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... 'Stepping on a leaf-stalk of taro is thought as stepping on a snake'. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/724534/dictionary-cantonese-colloquialisms-english
  8. Yunyan Sichuan Restaurant

    Posted Sep 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Susan Jung

    ... that wasn't nearly as fatty as we like, and the dark soy sauce overwhelmed the other flavours. None of us liked the steamed spare ribs with chilli rice flour with taro and sweet potatoes (HK$98): the flavours were unpleasant and texturally, the ingredients were too similar: the pork was as soft as the taro and sweet potatoes. Crispy fragrant duck (HK$138 for half, HK$268 for whole) lived up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/725491/yunyan-sichuan-restaurant
  9. M for madame

    Posted Dec 19th 2010, 12:00am by Susan Jung

    ... and at The Chairman in Central, she samples the fried shrimp heads, marinated ox tongue and deep-fried smoked duck and taro puffs with osmanthus sauce. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/733755/m-madame
  10. Champagne House

    Posted Aug 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is the can't-miss section, with taro, vanilla, mango, strawberry on display, and more flavours hidden in the fridge. The chocolate with real chocolate chips is a must-try. Listen out for the specials ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/722803/champagne-house

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