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LDP seeks Abe successor

TOKYO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The unexpected resignation announcement Wednesday by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent his ruling Liberal Democratic Party rushing to pick a successor.

Shinzo Abe to rearrange Cabinet

TOKYO, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to rearrange his Cabinet following a recent defeat in the upper house election.

Mahmoud Abbas breaks promise to U.S.

GAZA CITY, Gaza, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Less than a week after promising U.S. officials that he would not reconcile with Hamas, Fatah leader and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has invited the group home.

North Korea urged to return to nuke talks

SEOUL, June 3 (UPI) -- Foreign ministers from China, South Korea, and Japan Sunday urged North Korea to return to stalled six-party talks on its nuclear weapons program.

Japan FM expresses doubt about N. Korea

TOKYO, May 11 (UPI) -- Japan's foreign minister doesn't expect North Korea to keep its initial denuclearization commitment immediately after getting its money from a Macao bank.

Rice tells North Korea to hurry up

WASHINGTON, May 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged North Korea to meet its disarmament commitment after meeting Tuesday with Japanese Cabinet members.

Japan, Chile sign free trade pact

TOKYO, March 27 (UPI) -- Chile has become the first South American nation to have a free trade deal with Japan that will remove tariffs on 92 percent of trade between the two.

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U.S. late on rent to Japan

TOKYO, March 18 (UPI) -- There's no talk of eviction yet but the United States is a little behind in its rent to Japan for its embassy space.

Aso supports brothel re-investigation

TOKYO, March 11 (UPI) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said he would support an investigation by the ruling Democratic Liberal Party of wartime brothels run by the Japanese army.

Japan to host Middle East summit

TOKYO, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Japan plans to host leaders from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan next month in an effort to restart the peace process in the Middle East.

Cheney sides with Japan over N. Korea

TOKYO, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney agreed with Japanese officials that more needs to be done in a dispute over abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korea.

Cheney in Japan; talks center on N. Korea

TOKYO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon for a short official visit to Japan.

Abe not opposed to debate on nuke arms

TOKYO, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated that debate on nuclear arms and deterrence should not be suppressed, says Kyodo news agency.

Rice visits South Korea

SEOUL, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said South Korea should try to get North Korea back to the six-party talks, using whatever levers it has.
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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)
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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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