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Sep 3, 2013
Diet may discuss stimulus budget in early '14
The administration may submit an extra budget to the Diet early next year to stimulate the economy amid fears over the negative impact of the planned consumption tax hike in April, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 15, 2013
Aso sees little benefit in cutting corporate tax
Finance Minister Taro Aso expressed reluctance Thursday to cut the effective corporate tax rate, brushing aside speculation that the administration may take the measure to cushion the negative impact of the planned hike in the consumption tax.
Aug 7, 2013
Gaffe-prone leaders are doing Japan no favors
It is in Japan's long-term interest for its politicians to avoid remarks that could exacerbate ill will toward Japan and thus detract from its goal of economic revival.
Aug 3, 2013
Mr. Aso embarrasses Japan again
Remarks like those of Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso indicating that Nazis knew how to revise a sticky constitution risk creating a weird international image for Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 2, 2013
Aso refuses to resign, retire over Nazi gaffe
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso rules out stepping down as a Cabinet member or lawmaker for citing Nazi Germany as an example for revising the pacifist Constitution.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 1, 2013
Aso retracts remark on 'learning from the Nazis'
After facing criticism both at home and abroad, Finance Minister Taro Aso retracts his remark suggesting Japan should learn from the Nazis when it comes to revising the Constitution, saying it led to a “misunderstanding.”
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 31, 2013
Aso's Nazi-inspired quip rubs Seoul the wrong way
Outspoken Finance Minister Taro Aso causes another international stir by urging Japanese politicians bent on revising the Constitution to learn from the way Germany under the Nazis amended the Weimar charter.
Jul 24, 2013
Aso stirs pot with tax plot
The consumption tax is driving a wedge between government officials. On one side sits Finance Minister Taro Aso, a vocal advocate for sticking to the plan to hike the levy next April, while on the other high-ranking officials pussyfoot, insisting it is the prime minister's decision to make — sometime...
Japan Times
Jul 21, 2013
Confidence in monetary easing growing among G-20, Kuroda says
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda says confidence in the central bank's radical monetary easing experiment is spreading among the Group of 20 finance chiefs.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 9, 2013
Sales tax hike contingent on economy: Aso
The government will not go ahead with the planned sales tax hike from the current 5 percent to 8 percent next April unless the economy is on a growth path, Finance Minister Taro Aso suggested Tuesday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 4, 2013
World Bank head: Hike investment in Africa
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim expressed hope Monday that Japan will boost investment in Africa, which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has highlighted as a key target market under the country's economic growth strategy, the Finance Ministry said.
May 5, 2013
The right to die: letting individuals make the choice themselves
It was not the most elegant way to launch a national conversation about the right to die, but this past January Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, 72, certainly drew attention to the issue of terminal patients. Unfortunately he did so by saying that old people should "hurry up and die" to unburden the nation's...
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JAPAN / Media / Japan Pulse
Apr 30, 2013
J-blip: Taro Aso 'gang style' t-shirts
Taro Aso —u00a0the man's got style. Some call it 'gang style.'
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 22, 2013
Aso, Furuya pay visits to war-linked Yasukuni
Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and Keiji Furuya, state minister in charge of the abduction issue, challenge a political taboo by visiting Yasukuni Shrine.
Japan Times
Apr 22, 2013
Polished PR, perception strategy fourth arrow in 'Abenomics' quiver
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is back and so, it appears, is Japan. The yen is down, the Nikkei up, and approval ratings and expectations for the new government are sky high.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 18, 2013
G-20 to be given explanation on monetary easing
Japan aims to seek global understanding of its aggressive monetary easing at this week's meeting of Group of 20 finance chiefs to ease possible concerns about the yen's recent steep fall and negative effects that could spill over to other economies.
Japan Times
Apr 17, 2013
Aso to 'explain' BOJ's monetary easing to G-20
Finance Minister Taro Aso, who also serves as deputy prime minister, is arranging to meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden when he goes to Washington this week for a gathering of Group of 20 financial chiefs, government sources said Tuesday.
Apr 7, 2013
Abe-phoria: A national punching bag morphs into a popular leader
There is an irrational exuberance about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe evident in his 70 percent public-approval rating, a soaring Nikkei stock average and the Japanese media cheerleading the same man it hounded out of office in September 2007.
Japan Times
Apr 6, 2013
Abe hails BOJ easing steps; Aso cautious on inflation goal
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday praised the Bank of Japan for its decision to introduce unprecedented monetary easing measures to fight chronic deflation, while Finance Minister Taro Aso warned the bank could face difficulty achieving its 2 percent inflation goal.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 1, 2013
Aso vows 'drastic' action on deflation
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration will take "drastic" measures to revitalize the economy, Finance Minister Taro Aso pledged Thursday, suggesting that previous policies had been insufficient to beat back more than a decade of deflation.


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