JAPAN: Love & the Budget

Finance Minister Sanroku Izumiyama found it hard to keep his mind on the supplementary budget. Just before a night session of the Diet last week, he expansively invited some 20 fellow Diet members to dine with him. Host Izumiyama, who is 52, turned up a little late, a little drunk. While the toasts were in progress, the Finance Minister, pausing only to hug a couple of waitresses, sat down by Mrs. Haruye Yamashita, 48, a solidly built, mannishly dressed member of the opposition, who had had a couple of drinks herself. Izumiyama wasted no time indicating that he was in...

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