New Japanese PM praises U.S. relations

New Japanese PM praises U.S. relations

TOKYO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered a ringing endorsement of U.S.-Japanese relations, particularly in the area of defense policy.

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Abe returns to become Japanese PM

TOKYO, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A slowing economy hobbled by deflation poses the biggest challenge to Shinzo Abe as he prepared Wednesday to become Japan's next prime minister.

Report: Kishida set to be become new FM

TOKYO, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister-to-be Shinzo Abe plans to appoint veteran party lawmaker Fumio Kishida as foreign minister, sources told Kyodo News Tuesday.

Aso govt. faces tough election battle

TOKYO, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso's ruling LDP, already facing an uphill election battle, took another hit Friday as the jobless rate reached record high.
Japan acknowledges Hiroshima illnesses

Japan acknowledges Hiroshima illnesses

HIROSHIMA, Japan, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Japanese prime minister signed an agreement Thursday in Hiroshima recognizing 306 plaintiffs who suffer from illnesses caused by the 1945 atomic bombings.

Election tough for LDP

TOKYO, July 28 (UPI) -- Questions have come up in the United States about Japan's Aug. 30 elections' impact on the U.S.-Japan military alliance and other bilateral issues if the opposition Democratic Party of Japan defeats the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan-led ruling coalition.
Japanese lawmakers in effort to oust PM

Japanese lawmakers in effort to oust PM

TOKYO, July 17 (UPI) -- Rebel members of Japan's longtime governing party are making a last ditch bid to get rid of unpopular Prime Minister Taro Aso, government officials say.
More troubles seen for Aso

More troubles seen for Aso

TOKYO, July 16 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, with his popularity plunging amidst recession, faced new threats Thursday from his party's lawmakers.

Aso party setback in Tokyo poll

TOKYO, July 13 (UPI) -- Japan's main opposition won the majority in Tokyo's metropolitan polls, in a setback to Prime Minister Taro Aso, forcing him to call general elections.

Obama, Aso agree on N. Korea tactics

L'AQUILA, Italy, July 8 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso agree on how to deal with North Korea's nuclear threat, a White House statement says.
Refueling mission extended

Refueling mission extended

TOKYO, July 3 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso's government Friday extended by six months the anti-terrorism refueling mission in the Indian Ocean.
Aso promises general election soon

Aso promises general election soon

TOKYO, June 27 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso promises a general election "in the not so distant future."
Aso rules out early presidential poll

Aso rules out early presidential poll

TOKYO, June 25 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso ruled out holding a poll for president of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party prior to general elections.

Battle of Okinawa anniversary marked

NAHA, Japan, June 23 (UPI) -- Japan marked the 64th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa with Prime Minister Taro Aso saying the horror of war must not be repeated.
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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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