Mizuho Financial Group stung by report on lending to crime figures

TOKYO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Japan's huge Mizuho Financial Group bank said 52 executives would have their pay cut after a report exposed $2 million in loans made to organized crime figures.

Japanese deputy PM retracts Nazi comment

TOKYO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Thursday that he retracts his comment that Japan can learn from the way Nazis changed Germany's constitution.

So. Korea cancels minister's visit to Tokyo; cites war-shrine issue

SEOUL, April 21 (UPI) -- South Korea canceled a Tokyo trip by its foreign minister to protest a visit by two Japanese ministers to a controversial war shrine, a source told Yonhap News.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits Japan

TOKYO, April 13 (UPI) -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Japan Saturday, seeking to bolster Japanese support for her nation, officials said.

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U.S. stock indexes head higher ... India cuts red tape for acquiring aircraft ... Aso casts doubts on bank's inflation goal ... Crude oil heads higher ... News from United Press International.

Taro Aso casts doubts on Japan central bank's two-year inflation goal

TOKYO, March 22 (UPI) -- Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso expressed skepticism Friday about the Bank of Japan's two-year, 2 percent inflation target.

$140.7B supplementary budget approved

TOKYO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Japan's Parliament passed a 13.1 trillion yen ($140.7 billion) supplementary budget to fund stimulus measures.

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Markets close mixed ... Group of Seven makes currency pledge ... More than half living paycheck to paycheck ... Crude oil tops $97 a barrel ... News from United Press International.

Group of Seven makes currency pledge

LONDON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The Group of Seven nations, all economic powerhouses, pledged Tuesday to coordinate policies to avoid government interference in currency rates.

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Markets hold back Monday ... Durable goods orders rose in December ... Japan: Fiscal 2013 growth forecast at 2.5P ... Pending home sales slid in December ... News from United Press International.

Japan: Fiscal 2013 growth forecast at 2.5P

TOKYO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Japanese government Monday forecast 2.5 percent growth in fiscal 2013, citing an improving global economy and its own stimulus steps.

Japan protests Chinese presence at islands

TOKYO, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- China rejected Japan's protest over the presence of its vessels in the waters off the Senkaku Islands, using the occasion to attack the new government in Tokyo.

Japan to forgive Myanmar's debt

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Japan will write off almost $6 billion in Myanmar's debt and provide a new loan of about $600 million, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Thursday.

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Wall Street cautious with 'cliff' impasse ... Japan industrial output slumps in November ... Online retail jumps on Christmas Day ... U.S. pending home sales index rises ... News from United Press International.

Japan industrial output slumps in November

TOKYO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Japan Friday announced industrial output, hurt by slowing exports, fell 1.7 percent in November from October, while November consumer prices eased.
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Taro Aso
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso gives instructions to graduates at National Defense Academy during the graduation ceremony in Yokosuka, Japan on March 22, 2009. (UPI photo/Keizo Mori)

Aso at the 2009 World Economic Forum.

Taro Aso (麻生太郎, Asō Tarō?, born September 20, 1940) is the current Prime Minister of Japan, having taken office on September 24, 2008. He is also President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and has served in the House of Representatives since 1979.

He was Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2007, and was Secretary-General of the LDP briefly in 2007 and in 2008.

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