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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.
S. Korean president's Japan visit set

S. Korean president's Japan visit set

TOKYO, June 22 (UPI) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will visit Japan earlier than previously thought because of the North Korean situation, the government said Monday.

Opposition candidate wins mayoral seat

TOKYO, June 15 (UPI) -- An opposition candidate won Japan's Chiba city mayoral poll, trouncing his opponent backed by Prime Minister Taro Aso's ruling coalition.
Survey: Support for Aso Cabinet plunges

Survey: Support for Aso Cabinet plunges

TOKYO, June 15 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso's Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition saw its public support take another plunge in a survey released Monday.

Japan minister resigns

TOKYO, June 12 (UPI) -- Japanese Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Kunio Hatoyama, a close ally of Prime Minister Taro Aso, quit Friday in a setback for the government.
Aso under pressure to hold elections

Aso under pressure to hold elections

TOKYO, May 31 (UPI) -- Japan's main opposition party has indicated it may consider a censure or a no-confidence motion if Prime Minister Taro Aso puts off elections until August.

Obama talks to Japanese, S. Korean leaders

WASHINGTON, May 25 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama, speaking to South Korean and Japanese leaders Monday after North Korea's nuclear test, restated U.S. commitment to defend their nations.

Survey finds more support for Hatoyama

TOKYO, May 17 (UPI) -- More Japanese want opposition leader Yukio Hatoyama to be their next prime minister than incumbent Taro Aso, a Kyodo news agency survey said.

Aso aide resigns

TOKYO, May 13 (UPI) -- A close aide of Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso resigned Wednesday after a magazine report accused him of an illicit affair, sources told Kyodo news.
Hu urges improved China-Japan diplomacy

Hu urges improved China-Japan diplomacy

BEIJING, April 30 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said Japan should take part in joint efforts to improve relations between the two Asian countries.
Wen, Aso pledge closer economic ties

Wen, Aso pledge closer economic ties

BEIJING, April 29 (UPI) -- Chinese and Japanese leaders promised Wednesday the countries would work together on the economic crisis, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.
Japan to consider $100B stimulus measure

Japan to consider $100B stimulus measure

TOKYO, April 7 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso has called for a supplemental spending package of $99.73 billion to get the world's second largest economy back on track.

Tokyo may seek tougher N. Korea sanctions

TOKYO, March 19 (UPI) -- Japan's prime minister said Thursday that North Korea could face new sanctions if it goes ahead with its planned rocket launch next month.

Fundraising probe reaches Japan Cabinet

TOKYO, March 8 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso's Cabinet has been caught up in a widening police probe into illicit political donations, sources said.

Prime Minister agrees to spend a little

TOKYO, March 2 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said he would accept a government handout of about $125 and put it into the economy "immediately."
Aso's U.S. trip gets mixed reviews at home

Aso's U.S. trip gets mixed reviews at home

TOKYO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Japanese lawmakers expressed mixed reactions Wednesday to the first meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. President Barack Obama.
Obama: U.S.-Japanese alliance vital

Obama: U.S.-Japanese alliance vital

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Taro Aso met in Washington Tuesday to discuss global economic problems and firm up the U.S.-Japanese alliance.
Poll: Aso approval rating at 11 percent

Poll: Aso approval rating at 11 percent

TOKYO, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The approval rating for the Cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso has plummeted to 11 percent, a poll indicated Monday.
Japanese official resigns over G7 gaffe

Japanese official resigns over G7 gaffe

TOKYO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Japanese Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa has submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Taro Aso following a gaffe at an international meeting.

U.N. tells Japan to cut emissions

TOKYO, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- U.N. climate chief Yvo de Boer told Japanese leaders they need to set some aggressive targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Japan P.M. promises aid to Asian countries

DAVOS, Switzerland, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, promised $17 billion in aid to poorer Asian countries.
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