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Kyodo News.

Japan's Hiromu Nonaka is the consummate behind-the-scenes politician.

In the chaotic days following the end of World War II, Hiromu Nonaka went to work for the sales department of the Osaka railway. The man who may become Japan's next Prime Minister impressed his bosses so much that they made him a supervisor. Then one night Nonaka overheard a worker say something so upsetting that he quit his job. Bitter and determined, he returned to his hometown of Sonobe, where he ran for a seat on the town council, beginning a remarkable political career that has taken him to the inner circle of Japan's political Elite. What had the worker...