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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Outraged netizens join the fray

    Posted Feb 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... vented their anger over Taro Aso's speech, but some urged the Foreign Ministry in Beijing to step up its response. 'I don't understand why our Foreign Ministry couldn't ... Japanese in 1943,' one said. 'I am not only shocked, but also furious. If Taro Aso was standing in front of me, I would punch him on behalf on the 30 million compatriots who died ...

  6. Business - Money

    US dollar hits new 20-month high on easing hopes

    Posted Dec 26th 2012, 09:17am by AFP

    ... in a bid to drag the country out of the deflation that has haunted its economy for years. Abe, who previously served as prime minister from 2006 to 2007, is expected to name Taro Aso, another former prime minister in Japan’s revolving-door political system, as finance minister and his own deputy, reports said. As prime minister in 2008-2009, Aso launched a series of economic stimulus ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Honesty is best policy for Japan's military

    Posted Aug 07th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Honesty is best policy for Japan's military Japan's deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, has been forced to apologise for remarks he made before ultra-conservative groups about learning from the way Nazi Germany changed its constitution and built its armed forces. Aso, who is also finance minister, has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth, ...

  10. Magazines - Post Magazine - FASHION & BEAUTY

    The Dictator: on style, she rules

    Posted Aug 30th 2014, 11:31pm by Sofia Suarez

    ... in cooler months. Alternatively, you can buy Diesel via www.asos.com, where you’ll also find cool denim skirts by its inhouse brand, New Look, and others (HK$300 and up). Now, you know how I said ...




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