Jan 20, 2017

Aso says no need to fret about every currency move

Finance Minister Taro Aso said Friday there is no need to fret about every currency move but volatility is undesirable. “We do not need to be swayed by every rise and fall,” Aso told a news conference after a Cabinet meeting while financial markets ...

Aso ranked Cabinet's top fundraiser in 2015

Dec 3, 2016

Aso ranked Cabinet's top fundraiser in 2015

Finance Minister Taro Aso was the top fundraiser in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet in 2015, according to reports submitted to the government by political parties and groups. Aso, who doubles as deputy prime minister, raised ¥147.35 million in political funds, followed by Abe ...

Sep 3, 2016

Japanese finance minister calls for more investment, wage hikes

Finance Minister Taro Aso has urged companies to raise investment and wages as their retained earnings continue to increase. At a news conference on Friday, Aso complained about companies’ use of money, saying the proportion of funds spent on business investment should be raised ...

Gaffe-prone Aso brands brokerage workers 'shady types'

Aug 31, 2016

Gaffe-prone Aso brands brokerage workers 'shady types'

In the latest of a long series of gaffes, Finance Minister Taro Aso has hit out at brokerage workers — a profession he’s responsible for overseeing. “People have a preconception that investing in bonds and stocks is dangerous, and that’s correct,” Aso said at ...

Japan, South Korea to resume currency swap deal

Aug 28, 2016

Japan, South Korea to resume currency swap deal

Japan and South Korea agreed Saturday to launch talks on resuming a currency swap deal, reflecting newly cooperative relations between the two neighbors. The two began operating a swap agreement in 2001, but testy ties precluded any effort to extend or renew it when ...