SCANDALS: Now, the Bribery Probes Begin Abroad

The repercussions of foreign bribery by U.S. corporations continued to rattle much of the world last week. In the wake of American probes that have uncovered massive payoffs to foreign businessmen and government officials, especially by Lockheed (TIME cover, Feb. 23), one foreign country after another began cranking up its own investigation. The major developments:

> In Japan, a nationwide TV audience watched spellbound as the budget committee of the Diet questioned seven businessmen who had been involved in buying Lockheed planes. All seven denied any knowledge of Lockheed fees and bribes,...

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