Aso, a Catholic, is popular among the young because he does not hesitate to say that he likes comic books and cartoon films. He once said on television that he reads 10 to 15 comic magazines every week. Less well known among young voters is that he was born with a ultra-silver spoon in his mouth. His family pedigree may surprise some people as it reflects much of Japan’s modern history.
Aso's great-great-grandfather is Toshimitsu Okubo, one of the men who contributed to opening up Japan by downing Tokugawa Shogunate during the Meiji Restoration in the late 19th century. Even opposition DPJ leader Ichiro Ozawa, 66, cites Okubo as one of his most-respected historical characters. Aso's grandfather is the late prime minister Shigeru Yoshida, the most powerful post-World War II leader who conducted postwar reconstruction. His father-in-law was the late prime minister Zenko Suzuki.
Aso's younger sister got married to the eldest son of Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Mikasa, the current emperor's uncle and aunt. Beside those well-known figures, also related by marriages are Prince Fumimaro Konoe, Morihiro Hosokawa, Nobusuke Kishi and Shinzo Abe - all former prime ministers. Aso headed his family's 130-year-old company, Aso Cement Company, now called Lafage Aso Cement Company, from 1973 to 1979. In 1976, he participated in shooting competition in the Montreal Olympics.