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Taro Aso, vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, gives a speech at an event organized by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 11, 2024
LDP VP Taro Aso calls for peaceful Beijing-Taipei communication
Taro Aso spoke at an event organized by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, a U.S. think tank, in Washington.
In Washington on Monday and Tuesday, Pentagon and Chinese military officials held their first in-person defense policy talks since the COVID-19 pandemic erupted.
Jan 10, 2024
China's military vows no compromise on Taiwan after rare talks with U.S.
The meeting came as China warned Tokyo over remarks by former Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso that Japan would join the fight in a war over the democratic island.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Taro Aso, vice president of the Liberal Democratic Party, shake hands last November.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 7, 2024
Kishida forced to rely more on 'kingmaker' Taro Aso amid funds scandal
The move underscored how Kishida's political influence is plunging as more LDP lawmakers have begun to doubt his leadership and ability to handle the accusations.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi (center) and Taro Kono attend a Lower House session in Tokyo last week.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 29, 2023
Despite low approval ratings, Kishida likely to keep top job
While the situation around the government warrants no optimism, experts agree the prime minister has no reason to fret.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako greet guests during the autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 2.
Nov 17, 2023
LDP to consider imperial law revision for stable succession
The focus of discussions will be, in part, on whether to allow Japan to have a female emperor.
Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori gives an interview in Tokyo on July 4.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 29, 2023
Yoshiro Mori's image as LDP kingmaker rubs up against reality
While he remains a strong presence in the LDP, his actual ability to get his way on policy and personnel matters may not be as strong as it first appears.
Liberal Democratic Party Vice President Taro Aso speaks in the city of Fukuoka on Sunday.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 27, 2023
Lawmakers upset as Taro Aso dubs coalition partner a 'cancer'
The LDP vice president reportedly made the remark while discussing Komeito's stance on the revision of key security documents last December.
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi (left), Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and LDP Vice President Taro Aso attend a party executive meeting in Tokyo on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 8, 2023
Next LDP leadership race looms over Kishida's reshuffle plans
The prime minister looks set to retain two veteran Liberal Democratic Party leaders in their posts in a Cabinet and LDP leadership reshuffle.
Taro Aso, a former prime minister and current vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, speaks during the Ketagalan Forum in Taipei on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 8, 2023
Taiwan situation ‘tilting toward emergency,’ former Japan PM says
Taro Aso said this shift was “definitely not out of the blue” but was now “more evident,” pointing to military exercises by China around Taiwan.
During his planned three-day trip to Taiwan through Wednesday, Taro Aso plans to hold separate meetings Tuesday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President Lai Ching-te.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 4, 2023
Ex-Prime Minister Taro Aso to visit Taiwan next week
Aso, 82, will be the highest-ranking LDP member to visit Taiwan since Tokyo switched diplomatic ties from Taipei to Beijing in 1972.
Japan Times
May 29, 2023
As snap election rumors grow in Japan, here's how one could play out
Political pundits have been contemplating multiple scenarios, ranging from a summertime ballot to an election during parliament's session in the fall.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 3, 2023
Why Japan couldn’t send its foreign minister to a key G20 meeting
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi’s absence from a Group of 20 foreign ministers meeting has become a matter of controversy.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2022
Ex-Japan PM Aso and South Korea's Yoon pledge to work toward improved bilateral ties
Ruling party heavyweight Taro Aso held talks with South Korean leader Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul amid a festering row over wartime labor compensation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 1, 2022
Former Prime Minister Taro Aso to visit South Korea over wartime labor issue
In a rare move for an LDP heavyweight, Aso is arranging talks with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol in a bid to solve the key bilateral issue.
Japan Times
Jul 21, 2022
Kishida may retain key figures in September reshuffle of Cabinet and LDP executive
The party's strong showing in the House of Councilors election offers the prime minister a three-year period of stability in which no national elections need to be held.
Japan Times
Jul 5, 2022
LDP heavyweight Taro Aso likens invasion of Ukraine to bullying of weak
'What kind of child was being bullied during your childhood? The weak were bullied. The strong weren't bullied. The same goes for countries,' said Aso, a former prime minister.
Japan Times
May 12, 2022
Japan’s main labor group is drawing closer to the LDP. Some say too close.
Closer ties between Rengo and the ruling LDP would deeply concern opposition leaders, who rely on the union's 7 million members for electoral support.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 11, 2022
Average value of Japan lawmakers' assets grows to ¥29 million
Among Lower House members, former Prime Minister Taro Aso, who serves as vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, topped the ranking with u00a5614.17 million in assets.
Japan Times
Mar 3, 2022
LDP power broker Taro Aso's fortunes begin to fade
Aso has a difficult choice: He can play the role of elder statesman and let the LDP milk the last ounce of politicking out of him, or serve in the vice presidential position for life.
Japan Times
Nov 17, 2021
The state of play for the LDP's factions after October's Lower House election
The big winner appeared to be the party's largest faction, now headed by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, while the one led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also strengthened its presence.


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