Sport: Free Swinger

Takizo Matsumoto is a Diet member and a longtime baseball enthusiast (ever since he was a student at Harvard 20 years ago). In Tokyo last week he was watching some college students practicing. The coach signaled for a bunt, but the player whacked the ball into right field. Takizo Matsumoto went up to the boy. "Didn't you see the coach calling for a bunt?" he asked. The boy shrugged. "Sure I saw him," he said. "But is this not a free democracy?"


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