JAPAN: The Osano Connection

For Kenji Osano, one of the most powerful and controversial Japanese entrepreneurs, the results of December's national elections were bittersweet. As a close friend of, and chief political fund-raiser for, Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, Osano, 55, could bask in reflected glory. But as a free-wheeling entrepreneur who has done remarkably well under the long-governing Liberal Democratic Party, he had cause for concern about its losses in the Diet. He could also ponder the gains of Communists and Socialists, who intend to push harder their charges that he uses his personal and business...

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