Reporters: Covering It like a Tent

The main driveway of Japanese Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda's official residence seemed an odd place for tents. But there they were last week, 25 of them, decked with flags and swarming with excited men who periodically would rush out to surround a cringing dignitary as he emerged through Ikeda's front door. Shoving, pushing, often pummeling its victim into speechlessness, the throng would shout at the man for a few minutes, then, its business done, make an equally frantic rush back for the tents. Was it a circus or a riot? Not quite...

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