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Thursday, 23rd October 2008
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Fun-loving Aso defends lifestyle

Taro Aso, the prime minister of Japan, has rejected criticism of his luxurious, fun-loving lifestyle.

Since becoming premier last month, Mr Aso has been a regular customer at restaurants and luxury hotel bars in downtown Tokyo, reports AFP.

The Liberal Democratic Party leader, 68, recently commented: "Fortunately, I have money. I pay by myself It's my style. I won't change it."

He also said: "I think bars and restaurants at hotels are relatively safe and inexpensive."

In recent years, Mr Aso has attempted to moderate his image by stressing his love of manga comic books.

Should Mr Aso feel inclined to enjoy "an elegant slice of Japanese traditional cuisine in peaceful surroundings", he might want to pay a visit to one of Tokyo's finest restuarants, Daigo.

Meanwhile, according to Time Out magazine, the up-market Chiyoda-Ku Afternoon Tea Baker & Diner offers a menu crafted by British culinary household name Jamie Oliver, while visitors looking for a fun, full-on Asian eating experience might want to swing by Hyakunincho Yataimura.

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