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Taro Aso

Japan panel warns of dangers of debt mountain

A Japanese government panel warns there is “absolutely no guarantee” that domestic investors will keep financing the country’s massive public debt, citing the risk of a spike in bond yields that could crimp long-term growth prospects, draft report seen by Reuters shows.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 1:21pm

Japan never had smooth ties with China, says deputy PM Taro Aso

Japan has never in the past 1,500 years had a smooth relationship with China, Japanese deputy prime minister Taro Aso was quoted on Sunday as saying during a visit to India.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

How they see it

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.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Shinzo Abe should stay away from Yasukuni shrine

Japanese politicians have a simple enough calculation when deciding whether to honour the country's war dead at the Yasukuni Shrine. To go is an act of nationalism that will win points with right-wing voters, but it is guaranteed to further damage already inflamed relations with China. The more than 170 cabinet ministers and members of parliament who in recent days have made the visit showed how little they regard good ties with Beijing. Amid fresh tensions over the Diaoyu Islands, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be foolish indeed to follow their lead.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am 2 comments

Japan policy sparks Davos fears of ‘currency war’

Japan’s controversial new economic policy emerged as one of the hot topics at this year’s Davos forum, with talk of currency wars and strong rebuttals from Japanese officials.

The new government in Tokyo, led by Shinzo Abe, has pushed the Bank of Japan (BOJ) to step up efforts to battle nearly two decades of deflation and sluggish growth in the world’s third-largest economy.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

A bad week for … , January 27, 2013

Taro Aso

Japan's deputy prime minister has a reputation for speaking his mind. But he would have perhaps been wise to keep his mouth shut at a meeting on social security. Aso, who is also the finance minister, urged the country's ill, elderly people to "hurry up and die" to save on government health spending. He swiftly retracted his remarks.


27 Jan 2013 - 1:51am

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 on the burden imposed by prolonging patients' lives with treatment.

22 Jan 2013 - 5:03am

Japan minister pledges Myanmar debt relief, loans

Japan’s new government will stand by pledges to waive Myanmar debt and extend new loans, its finance minister said on Thursday on a visit to boost economic ties.

4 Jan 2013 - 11:29am

Japanese finance minister leads push into Myanmar's market

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 Abe's cabinet took office last month.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:14am

Briefs, October 7, 2012

Rebel leader captured at Quezon City hideout

7 Oct 2012 - 2:42am