JAPAN: Bribery Shokku At the Top

Early one morning last week, a black sedan wheeled through the imposing gates of No. 1-19-12 in Tokyo's exclusive Mejiro district. When the car stopped at a large villa, two men got out, showed their identification at the door and asked to see the master of the house. Within a few hours, bull-necked Kakuei Tanaka, 58, Premier of Japan from 1972 to 1974 and still regarded as the tough, calculating "computerized bulldozer" of his country's dominant political party, had been booked at a police station and signed into a cell at the...

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