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Taro Aso

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Taro Aso is the hawish Foreign Minister of Japan as of late 2005 and early 2006. He suffers from a propensity to offend the Chinese.

麻生太郎 or Asō Tarō was born on September 20, 1940 in Iizuka, Fukuoka. Aso is a virtual prince of the Japanese political class. His father, Takakichi Aso, was chairman of the Aso Cement Company and a close associate of Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. His mother was the daughter of Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida. He is also a great-great-grandson of Toshimichi Okubo, and his wife is the third daughter of Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki.

Aso is a graduate of the Faculty of Politics and Economics at Gakushuin University. He ran his father's corporation for several years before entering politics. He was also a member of the Japanese shooting team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Aso was elected as a member of the Japanese House of Representatives in October 1979, and has since been re-elected eight times. In 1988 he became Parliamentary Vice Minister for Education. He joined the cabinet of Junichiro Koizumi in 2003 as Minister of Internal Affairs, Posts and Communications. Then on October 31, 2005, he became Foreign Affairs Minister. Some have speculated that he was tapped for the position because of his membership in the Kono Group, an LDP faction led by Yohei Kono.

Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe are candidates to replace Koizumi after the prime minister's term expires. Both pols are conservative on foreign policy issues and have taken confrontational stances toward North Korea and China.


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This page was last modified 22:59, 28 January 2007 by dKosopedia user Xiaoling69. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) BartFraden. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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