GALA AT GUNPOINT

PERU'S PRESIDENT FUJIMORI CONFRONTS A HOSTAGE CRISIS CREATED BY A BAND OF REBELS HE THOUGHT HE HAD DEFEATED

The place to be in Lima last Tuesday night was the elaborate residential compound of Japan's veteran ambassador to Peru, Morihisa Aoki. In recent years Aoki's receptions have enjoyed an enviable acclaim, thanks to the munificence of his banquet table and glitter of his guest lists. And last week's party commemorating the birthday of Emperor Akihito (he turned 63 this year) was no exception. More than 1,000 invitations were sent out, and by 8 p.m. anyone interested in glimpsing a real-life Who's Who in Lima only needed to peek over the embassy's garden wall, where more than 600 guests, largely government...

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