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"Rozen Maiden" fan?[edit]

What? Taro Aso a fan of a Japanese animation? Is this a joke? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 18:32, 3 January 2007 (UTC).

It is widely known, and he himself has admitted, that Aso is very fanatic about reading Japanese Manga. As Japanese Wikipedia quotes, in reply to the interview made by a Japanese Manga magazine (Big Comic Original), he said he always reads 10 or 20 Manga magazines a week. The fact that he refers to some Manga in his answer in the Diet (you can find by yourself at the National Diet Library, refered below) could be a circumstantial evidence.
But his attitude towards Japanese animation, or especially the "Rozen Maiden", is not so apparent. There was a rumour emerged from "2 channeru", that Aso was reading the "Rozen Maiden" Manga cheerfully at the lounge of Tokyo Int'l Airport. But he didn't confirm that when he asked in an interview by a Japanese magazine.Takehiro 15:15, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

Should I add a {{Fact}} tag to this statement? Anymouse1 01:37, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

This article is hilarious. What a crazy interesting guy. (talk) 05:26, 24 September 2008 (UTC)


Why is he categorized as a Roman Catholic politician? Is there a source for that? Attending a Catholic school in Japan is common for non-Catholics, so I hope that is not the only reason for the category. Neier 04:37, 5 October 2006 (UTC)

Answering my own question; the Japanese wikipedia article makes a similar claim. Leaving it alone for now. Neier 14:22, 10 October 2006 (UTC)
At least he himself said in the Diet that he is a catholic. e.g. his answer in the committee of home affairs and telecommunication, the house of representatives.
If you could read Japanese, you can find more at the National Diet Library.Takehiro 14:56, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

I read that this japanese is the first roman catholic to rule Japan, in all times.Agre22 (talk) 13:14, 25 November 2008 (UTC)agre22

Uncited statements removed from controversy section[edit]

Particularly in a "controversy" section of a well-known public figure, we need to observe high standards for citation, especially since Aso has been in the news lately. If citation can be found for the statements that have been removed, they should be put back, but until then, no uncited statements should be placed in the section. -- Exitmoose 00:33, 21 September 2007 (UTC)

I removed the statements which claimed to be cited only from the Communist Newspaper, since it is clearly a biased source and the website cited is in Japanese, so English editors cannot verify it. If the statements are reinstated, they should cite news accounts from non-partisan newspapers or official records. Since the Communist Newspaper gave context, it should be possible to find alternate sources. Until then the statements should not be on the page. joye (talk) 18:15, 25 September 2008 (UTC)


Why was the page moved to "Tarō Asō" ? - Are we unable to find documentation that states that "Taro Aso" was the romanization he preferred? WhisperToMe 23:24, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

ウィキペディア英語版では、日本人の氏名はヘボン式、かつ、マクロン併用方式が慣習的に採用されています。そうしないと、「あそたろ」の記事なのか「あそうたろう」の記事なのか判別できないためです。Jun'ichirō Koizumiを参考にしてはいかがですか。 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:39, 10 December 2009 (UTC)
はやく、「Tarō Asō」に改名してください。 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:49, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
ウィキペディアの英語版では、英語で書かないと誰も読めないよ。。。Yaki-gaijin (talk) 02:47, 31 January 2010 (UTC)
But it is English. See Encyclopædia Britannica Bendono (talk) 03:21, 31 January 2010 (UTC)
Bendono, hope you weren't responding to my comment. I agree that it should be "Tarō Asō". My comment was directed at the two people above me discussing things in Japanese... Yaki-gaijin (talk) 04:26, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

foreign policy[edit]

what are his foreign policy views/records? In the Shinzo Abe article there is a good section on this. Even more important here as he comes from the relevant ministry. Lihaas (talk) 11:52, 24 September 2008 (UTC)

There's a sentence embedded in "Political career." Brutannica (talk) 12:19, 24 September 2008 (UTC)


Can somebody please provide a decent translation of those "controversial statements"? The ones there at present are horrible, but I don't know enough about the statements or the Japanese language to fix them. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:38, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

Sadly they are true. But the site may not be very reliable... it is the "Japanese Communist Party"... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Moocowsrule (talkcontribs) 02:12, 25 September 2008 (UTC)


The family section should be expanded (talk) 12:25, 25 September 2008 (UTC)

The process to designate Japan's PM[edit]

I corrected some inappropriate descriptions on how he was designated as Prime Minister. The points are:

formally, the organ which decides who shall be the PM is the Diet, not the House of Representatives;
the House of Representatives can never scrap or nullify the resolution by the House of Councillors;
the resolution by the House of Representatives can be given supremacy in limited situations by being taken as the resolution of the Diet.

News media, even reliable Japanese ones, report in English like "lower house's decision overrides the upper house's decision" and "lower house elected him as PM"; but, such expressions sound not true to the Constitution.

How to designate the Prime Minister is provided by Article 67 (第六十七条) of the Constitution of Japan. (Japanese / English). The English counterpart is presumably a non-official translation; it looks poor, so I try to translate Article 67.

Below is my translation.
Article 67: The Prime Minister shall be designated from among the members of the Diet by a resolution of the Diet. This designation shall be done previous to all other matters.
If the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors differ in resolutions of the designation and no agreement can be reached at a joint committee of both Houses which is held under provision of law, or if the House of Councillors doesn't make a resolution within 10 days excluding the period of recess after the House of Representatives has made a resolution, then the resolution of the House of Representatives shall be the resolution of the Diet.

--Dumpty-Humpty (talk) 15:06, 25 September 2008 (UTC)


It might be a good idea to add this section, as well as update/expand affected biographies... Ranma9617 (talk) 04:46, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Aso Mining forced labor controversy[edit]

The Aso Mining forced labor controversy section is getting long enough that I'm thinking it probably needs to be broken off into it's own article. If no objections, I'll probably do that in a few days or so. Also, we probably need a stub article started on the Aso (Mining) Company which I assume has more sources giving information on it in Japanese than in English. Cla68 (talk) 23:06, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

Done. Cla68 (talk) 03:27, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

First Catholic Prime Minister[edit]

Having been reverted with the sole reason of an appeal to tradition; I give you Hara Takashi, also a Roman Catholic. Removing that sentence in the lead. (talk) 04:41, 26 February 2009 (UTC)[edit]

Maybe someone could put something about this gaffe he made recently about having children? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:56, 9 May 2009 (UTC)

Third or Fourth Christian post-war PM?[edit]

According to Current Biography, Ichirō Hatoyama was a Baptist Christian, yet he is not mentioned in the line-up that follows in the article, which makes me suspect that the Italian source is incorrect. What is the procedure for challenging this source as contradictory to other information? Homagetocatalonia (talk) 18:47, 13 June 2009 (UTC)


It'd be a good idea to LEARN ENGLISH before editing this article. It's an embarrassment to Wikipedia. DMC (talk) 16:53, 28 June 2009 (UTC)

Looking at the [comment] above, I'll refrain from messing up this article with my clumsy doku-nichi English. Asakura Akira
If people are just copy-and-pasting from online translators, then I think they should stop. However, I don't think you should try to bar someone from editing simply because they are not a native speaker of English or if they have made a few grammar mistakes. We can't all be as blessed as you with flawless grammar and feces that smell of roses. ;) Yaki-gaijin (talk) 02:50, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
I think your facetiousness is misplaced. It's not much to expect a native level of English in an encyclopedia. I wouldn't dream of contributing in Japanese even though I believe I am quite literate in that language. However I also see that the article has been improved now so I take it back. It's good to have people contributing from all over the world but we need to make sure grammar errors are spotted quickly so they don't hurt the reputation of this project. One more thing... Does anybody know what Aso was studying at those two overseas institutions? Sounds like he didn't manage to graduate with anything?? DMC (talk) 00:27, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
David, you should relax, and not make such harsh attacks on your fellow editors. Wikipedia works because of collaboration. If some contribute facts but in a poorly presented way, others can correct the language and improve the readability of the text. If you want parts to be improved, you could contribute by pointing out the sections or specific areas where you see the problems. This would allow other editors also see the problems, and contribute to improving the text. It would also allow us to all be civil, and improve the quality of the articles and the discussion. Cheers —fudoreaper (talk) 20:17, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
I retract the comment made on the 28th June but I'll leave it on the page as written. DMC (talk) 13:35, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Recent political fallout[edit]

Can someone please explain to me (and hopefully write into the article) about why he is in such political trouble? Why is Japanese politics so chaotic? You just hear about all these people resigning but then you don't know why. These Japan-related articles are in serious need of attention. Too much attention has been dedicated to things like anime and manga on this encyclopedia. Colipon+(T) 17:44, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

  1. One reason why he was in trouble from the start is because people are simply fed up with LDP backroom politics: He was the third prime minister without a general election.
  2. The trouble he faces within the party stems partly from the fact that he is to some degree an opponent of the Koizumi reforms that brought the LDP a landslide victory in the 2005 election. Unlike his predecessors Koizumi, Abe and Fukuda (all three Machimura faction), Aso and his faction belong to the conservative wing (in contrast to US political orientations this means a tendency towards economic interventionism; to add to the confusion, it stands in the continuity of Yoshida Shigeru's Liberal Party and is called hoshu-honryū, conservative mainstream) of the party: He questioned Koizumi's postal privatization ([1]), his big spending record budget, particularly the consumer handouts were widely opposed (within his party, the electorate and, of course, by the opposition including even the Communists, [2]) and was – at least not yet – able to end the economic crisis; and his only notable reform drive I'm aware of was a lacklustre attempt to ban Amakudari ([3]).
  3. Aso's leadership abilities were already in question after the resignations of three ministers (Nakayama, Nakagawa, Hatoyama), two vice ministers (Hirata ethics breach [4], Kōnoike love affair/"personal reasons" [5]) and two parliamentary secretaries (Matsunami was dismissed [6], Toida followed Hatoyama [7]). The epic loss in the Tokyo prefectural election, 2009 brought discontent to a boil: 133 LDP Diet members led by Hidenao Nakagawa (Machimura faction) wanted to oust him on July 21; but the Koga and Tsushima factions apparently made a last minute judgement that it was not a good idea to change the party president just one month before a general election. ([8], [9], [10])
  4. A fourth reason is already covered substantially in the article: his habits, mishaps and "asoisms" (starting in 1979 when he addressed 下々, "the lower classes" and (correctly) predicted that he might become PM if enough older representatives "die off". A small collection can be found at [11])
Looking at the section above, I'll refrain from messing up this article with my clumsy doku-nichi English. Asakura Akira (talk) 19:47, 21 July 2009 (UTC)