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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Aso retracts 'hurry up and die' gaffe

    Posted Jan 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Aso retracts 'hurry up and die' gaffe Taro Aso, Japan's deputy prime minister, was forced to deny that he advocated the elderly should "hurry up and die" to save the government the cost of providing medical care for them. The 72-year-old Aso, who has a reputation for speaking insensitively, was addressing a meeting on social security issues ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1133350/aso-says-japanese-elderly-should-hurry-and-die
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's Aso ‘to meet S.Korean leader to mend ties’

    Posted Oct 06th 2012, 01:08pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso is planning to meet South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak in a bid to mend ties soured by a territorial dispute, ... as the Takeshima islands. Aso, of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, will visit Seoul from Sunday to attend a two-day conference of the Japan-Korea Cooperation Committee, which includes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1055265/japans-aso-meet-skorean-leader-mend-ties
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japanese finance minister leads push into Myanmar's market

    Posted Jan 04th 2013, 12:00am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Aso leads new Japanese push into 'China's turf' Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso met Myanmar's president and senior officials yesterday in a sign that Tokyo wants to tap a market of 64 million people that has been dominated by neighbouring China. The trip to Myanmar is Aso's first official foreign visit since Prime Minister Shinzo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1119366/japanese-finance-minister-leads-push-myanmars-market
  4. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Japan minister pledges Myanmar debt relief, loans

    Posted Jan 04th 2013, 11:26am by AFP

    ... economic ties with the former army-ruled nation. Taro Aso also agreed to consider Japan’s involvement in the planned multi-billion dollar Dawei deep-sea port in a meeting with reformist President ... that it would forgive 300 billion yen (US$3.4 billion) of the 500 billion yen owed by Myanmar, following a string of dramatic political reforms in the one-time pariah state. Aso confirmed on Thursday ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1119694/japan-minister-pledges-myanmar-debt-relief-loans
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan's Aso rejects calls to quit over Nazi comments

    Posted Aug 01st 2013, 01:40pm by Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

    ... learn from Nazi Germany when it comes to constitutional reform. “It is regrettable that my remarks over the Nazi administration led to a misunderstanding, which was not my intention,” Taro Aso ... learn from their tactics?” The German Weimar constitution changed, without being noticed, to the Nazi German constitution. Why don’t we learn from their tactics? Taro Aso In response, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1293564/japans-deputy-prime-minister-retracts-nazi-remarks
  6. Business - Economy

    Japan panel warns of dangers of debt mountain

    Posted May 21st 2013, 01:21pm by Reuters

    ... of a spike in bond yields that could crimp long-term growth prospects, draft report seen by Reuters shows. The warning from the advisory panel to Finance Minister Taro Aso comes at a critical time- ... eventually begins to seek an exit from its quantitative easing. The report is preliminary and could still change before the 30-member panel submits it to Aso around the end of the month as the basis ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1242705/japan-panel-warns-dangers-debt-mountain
  7. Japan's bitter prospects after Abe

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

    ... 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 thick ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/607940/japans-bitter-prospects-after-abe
  8. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/589701/blade-letters-man-held-custody
  9. Japanese minister's views make some sense

    Posted May 05th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso may not seem like the best person to comment on China's affairs: he has repeatedly infuriated neighbouring countries by saying there is no problem ... it would be easy to dismiss Mr Aso's remarks calling for greater regional co-operation to help China solve its problems as two-faced. The shrine visits, refusal by Japanese leaders ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/547554/japanese-ministers-views-make-some-sense
  10. Thoughts best left unsaid

    Posted Feb 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Tom Plate

    ... weird and uncertain feelings that remain in Japanese society'. 'Off-kilter and weird' describe well some unfortunate public comments by Japan's foreign minister. But Taro Aso ... constructive engagement, economic aid and the careful negotiation of differences and tensions. But it is as if Mr Aso somehow misses the old days of a tightly wound region dominated by Japanese ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/537533/thoughts-best-left-unsaid

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