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2008-09-30 06:00:19

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Sept. 30 Kyodo - Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday instructed Tadamori Oshima, the diet affairs committee chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, to launch parliamentary deliberations on the fiscal 2008 supplementary budget to implement comprehensive economic measures, given the financial turmoil in the wake of the US Congress's rejection of the financial bailout package. The move has stirred expectations among...

2008-09-23 06:00:14

By Martin Fackler Taro Aso, an outspoken conservative who has advocated a return to old-style government spending to stimulate Japan's economy, was chosen Monday by the governing Liberal Democratic Party to become the nation's next prime minister. Aso, a former foreign minister, won two-thirds of the vote for the presidency of the party, easily beating four other candidates who included the first woman to seek the job. The party's control of the lower house of Parliament virtually...

2008-09-22 12:00:18

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Sept. 22 Kyodo - Akihiro Ota, the New Komeito party chief, said Monday he expects newly elected Liberal Democratic President Taro Aso to give priority to tackling economic issues. "The state of the economy is the most important problem at present amid high costs and financial uncertainty," Ota told reporters after talking with Aso as the leader of the LDP's ruling coalition partner. Aso was quoted as telling Ota, "My...

2008-09-22 09:00:26

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Sept. 22 Kyodo - New Liberal Democratic Party President Taro Aso appointed former Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda as LDP secretary general while retaining those who held other key executive posts under his predecessor, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. Aso, 68, who defeated four rivals in the LDP presidential election earlier in the day, named Hosoda, 64, the party's acting secretary general, as his successor in the...

2008-09-22 03:00:16

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Brussels, Sept. 22 Kyodo - The European Commission, the European Union's executive body, mistakenly congratulated former Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso on Sunday on being elected Japan's new prime minister. An e-mail message in the name of EC President Jose Manuel Barroso was sent to various media organizations Sunday morning (Sunday evening Japan time). The commission withdrew the message eight hours after it was sent....

2008-09-01 15:00:08

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Sept. 2 Kyodo - Taro Aso, secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, indicated early Tuesday his willingness to run in the party's expected presidential election. Following Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's announcement of his resignation as prime minister late Monday, Aso said, "I would not rule out (the possibility) that I would be fit" for the post. Fukuda said he has instructed Aso, his right-hand man...

2008-08-02 06:00:11

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Aug. 2 Kyodo - Taro Aso, the Liberal Democratic Party's secretary general, said Saturday the dissolution of the lower house and a subsequent general election will come at any time. "All of the House of Representatives members think it (an election) will come at any time," he told a TV programme. "We need to prepare for it." Asked about his willingness to succeed Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, the LDP's No 2 lawmaker said,...

2006-09-01 04:46:08

By George Nishiyama HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Shinzo Abe announced his candidacy on Friday to be Japan's next prime minister, a post he looks certain to win, and said he wanted his country to forge a stronger role on the world stage and improve ties with Asia. Abe, a conservative cabinet minister with strong views on Japan's disputes with China and South Korea, stressed economic growth as the key to fiscal reform -- a departure from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's motto of "no...

2006-09-01 03:43:24

By George Nishiyama HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - Shinzo Abe formally entered the race on Friday to be Japan's next prime minister, saying his country must forge a stronger role on the world stage and better ties with Asia. Abe, a conservative cabinet minister with strong views on Japan's disputes with China and South Korea, also stressed economic growth as the key to fiscal reform -- which differs from incumbent Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's motto of "no growth without...

2006-08-14 02:08:05

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - South Korean politicians urged Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi not to visit a shrine for war dead seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism as speculation swirled that he would go there on Tuesday, the anniversary of Tokyo's World War Two surrender. China and South Korea, where bitter memories of Japan's past aggression runs deep, were expected to react with outrage to a visit to Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted...


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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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