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2009-06-09 10:52:36

The government of Japan has pushed back its goals of reaching a primary balance surplus by 2011 for 10 years, sources close to the discussions said Tuesday. The Tokyo government also revised its goal of cutting in half the ratio of the primary balance deficit to the country's gross domestic product, Kyodo News reported. The new goal is to halve the ratio by March 2014. The primary balance refers to government expenses excluding debt serving costs. The previous goals were set by former Prime...

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...

2008-09-25 09:00:26

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Tokyo, Sept. 25 Kyodo - Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has expressed his intention to retire from politics when his current term as a lawmaker comes to an end, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday. Koizumi, 66, expressed his intention to retire to people close to him in his hometown of Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture, the sources said. Koizumi is a House of Representatives member elected from the No. 11...

2008-09-23 09:00:22

Text of report by Hong Kong-based news agency Zhongguo Tongxun She [Special article by Hong Kong ZTS reporter Kung Ch'ao-wen: "Aso Takes Up Post of Japanese Prime Minister, Sino-Japanese Relations Encounter New Test"] Beijing, 22 Sep (ZTS) - Taro Aso, secretary general of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, today expectedly won the party's presidential election. He will on the 24th take over from Yasuo Fukuda, who earlier suddenly resigned, as Japan's new prime minister. Foreign affairs...

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 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...

2008-09-03 06:00:08

By Martin Fackler Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's abrupt resignation, the second by a Japanese head of state in under a year, underscores the chronic leadership vacuum plaguing the world's second-largest economy, even as it teeters into recession. Fukuda's surprise announcement, made Monday night at a hastily called news conference, stunned Japan, coming almost a year after the equally sudden resignation of his predecessor, the rightist Shinzo Abe. After two political misfires in such a...

2008-09-03 00:00:08

By The Associated Press TOKYO (AP) - Japan's chronically unpopular prime minister abruptly resigned Monday after a yearlong struggle with a deadlocked parliament, leaving the weakened ruling party to grapple with a stalled economy and rising calls for snap elections.The resignation of Yasuo Fukuda, 72, deepened a two-year stretch of political instability at the helm of the world's second-largest economy. It came only days after the government announced a stimulus package to counter flagging...

2008-09-02 21:00:06

By Joseph Coleman TOKYO - Japan's unpopular prime minister abruptly resigned Monday after a yearlong struggle with a deadlocked parliament, leaving the weakened ruling party to grapple with a stalled economy and rising calls for snap elections. The resignation of Yasuo Fukuda, 72, deepened a two-year stretch of political instability at the helm of the world's second-largest economy. Fukuda, who took office just under a year ago, said he was clearing the decks for a more popular...

2008-09-02 09:00:11

By From news reports Yasuo Fukuda resigned as the prime minister of Japan on Monday, after less than a year in office marked by political gridlock, plunging approval ratings and disarray within the governing Liberal Democratic Party. "I feel it's best to hand over the reins of power to a new leader," Fukuda said in Tokyo on Monday evening. His 11-month tenure was the shortest for a Japanese leader since 1994. Fukuda is the second prime minister to resign since the Liberal Democratic...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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