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Prime Minister, 68, keeps fit

March 14, 2009

Sit-ups, push-ups and back exercises — 50 a day each — are keeping Japan’s 68-year-old Prime Minister Taro Aso as fit as a fiddle. 

Aso, in his latest e-mail magazine, brushed off a comment by one reader that he was looking worn out after five months on the job. Tabloids have also been awash with stories that the premier was losing sleep and weight over a series of setbacks, including the resignation last month of his finance minister, who had been forced to deny he was drunk at a G7 news conference in Rome.


“My weight hasn’t changed since I became prime minister. My body-fat ratio is 15-16 percent. Everyday, I eat and sleep well,” Aso said in the weekly e-mail magazine.

Stretching and quick walks were also helping him keep healthy.

“Thanks to exercising more, my waist has slimmed down by 2.5 cm.”

Aso is known to take morning walks, sporting a cap and sunglasses, with security officials in tow, but even these jaunts have led to some odd incidents.

“I used to be mistaken for a disoriented old man wandering around while I took a walk in the morning,” he was quoted as saying by the Mainichi newspaper last year. “Some people stopped me several times.”

Photo credit: REUTERS/Issei Kato


“I used to be mistaken for a disoriented old man”

Used to? Tee hee.

Keep up the good work Reuters, got a fun tale here, but you really could have gone to town on this one. Especially with the pic. Here’s what you could have done, if you were working for free (and, er, “inspired” with a bottle of cheap plonk from the nearest 7-11):

http://ourmaninabiko.blogspot.com/2009/0 3/taros-top-ten-keep-fit-tips-for-senior s.html


“I used to be mistaken for a disoriented old man wandering around while I took a walk in the morning,”

sometimes,you jsut couldn’t make it up.

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