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 ...

LDP member under fire for belittling student protesters

Aug 4, 2015

LDP member under fire for belittling student protesters

A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker is in hot water over a recent tweet that branded students protesting against the Abe administration’s security legislation as “self-centered” and “extremely selfish.” Takaya Muto, 36, said on Twitter last week that members of Students Emergency Action for Liberal ...

Gaffe-prone Aso takes aim at young people without kids

Dec 8, 2014

Gaffe-prone Aso takes aim at young people without kids

After telling Japan’s growing ranks of elderly they should “hurry up and die,” Finance Minister Taro Aso has turned his well-oiled gaffe gun on “people who don’t give birth.” The former prime minister said pensioners are not to blame for the spiraling social welfare ...

Sep 18, 2014

Biden says 'Shylocks' was poor choice of words

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he used a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders as “Shylocks,” and a prominent group that fights anti-Semitism called it a teachable moment about the harmful effects of stereotypes. Biden had been speaking to ...