Japan: Old Face, New Wrinkle

There was a time in Japanese history when the merest hint of personal dishonor would set a samurai to sharpening his hara-kari sword. Not so in postwar Japan, where the old concept of face has taken on a new pragmatic wrinkle. Last week Premier Eisaku Sato, 65, whose Liberal Democratic government lies wreathed in a "black mist" of Cabinet-level scandal (TIME, Nov. 4) went on television and told a nationwide audience: "It is regrettable that my administration and party have invited public distrust for lack of moral standards. The main thing is that I, as the responsible person, fully...

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