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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How they see it

    Posted Apr 28th 2013, 12:00am by VARIOUS

    ... Japanese ministers' visit to war shrine How they see it 1. The Asahi Shimbun We have to wonder what the Shinzo Abe administration has in mind when it comes to Japan's strained relations with its neighbours. Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and two cabinet members visited war-related Yasukuni Shrine. South Korea [then] decided to cancel Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se's ...

  2. Business - Money

    Asian markets mixed; yen weighs on Japan

    Posted Feb 19th 2013, 10:27am by AFP

    ... Finance Minister Taro Aso’s comments on the central bank took the edge off premier Shinzo Abe’s warning Monday that he would consider changing the law to take control of the Bank of Japan if it could not achieve a new two per cent inflation target. “We are not thinking about a law change at the moment,” Aso said at a regular news conference Tuesday. Abe’s remarks had added to selling ...

  3. News - World - FINANCE

    850,000 bitcoins lost as Mt Gox exchange files for bankruptcy

    Posted Feb 28th 2014, 07:04pm by Danny Lee and Agencies

    ... filing, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said: "No one recognises them as a real currency. I expected such a thing to collapse." Japan's financial regulators have been reluctant ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Abe should avoid war shrine and focus on frayed ties

    Posted Aug 10th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... for Japan's deputy prime minister and finance minister, Taro Aso, who is prone to off-the-cuff comments and has apologised for a number of gaffes since being appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ... of Japan's surrender. Avoiding giving further offence to China is at least a positive sign amid the worrying nationalistic fervour emanating from Japan and a drift to the right among its leaders. Aso ...

  5. Business - Economy

    Japan needs to raise sales tax next year: FinMin

    Posted Jul 23rd 2013, 03:03pm

    ... Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he will decide later this year whether to go ahead with the increase, citing concerns it could weaken the economy. Finance Minister Taro Aso said delaying ... impact. “We need to consider an extra budget. It’s better to moderate economic fluctuations (from the tax hike),” Aso told a media conference after a cabinet meeting. Earlier, the government ...

  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan banks pledge to clean up mob-linked loans

    Posted Nov 13th 2013, 04:03pm by AP

    ... to disclosures of mob links throughout the banking industry. Lawmakers grilled bank executives and government officials, including Finance Minister Taro Aso, in a hearing on Wednesday that focused on how ... just to make rules if you don’t actually carry them out,” said Yuzuru Takeuchi, a lawmaker with the New Komeito Party, the coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democrats. Aso was repeatedly ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Myanmar trip signals a more assertive Japan

    Posted Jan 09th 2013, 12:00am by Pavin Chachavalpongpun

    ... diplomatic activism following the victory of the Liberal Democratic Party, which saw Shinzo Abe return as prime minister. As soon as the cabinet line-up was announced, Abe sent his deputy Taro Aso ... leaders. In his meeting with President Thein Sein, Aso said Japan would slash Myanmar's massive outstanding debt- estimated at around 500 billion yen (HK$44 billion) in Tokyo's case- ...

  8. Business - Economy - CURRENCIES

    Yen heads towards highest weekly rise in five years

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Yen heads towards highest weekly rise in five years The yen headed for its largest weekly rise since October 2008 after Japan's finance minister, Taro Aso, said he ... after Aso dismissed the idea of intervention." The yen rose to 96.78 per US dollar in early London trading, making it set for a 3.7 per cent advance this week. It rose 2.2 per cent to 96.97 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. The contenders

    Posted Feb 04th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Popular right-wing figure with firm stances on reform, militarisation, North Korea and China. Currently most favoured candidate to replace Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Taro Aso, foreign ... prefecture, western Japan Education: Gakushuin University, Stanford University and London School of Economics Business experience: President of Aso Mining Outspoken conservative with firm stances ...




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