JAPAN: The Man Who Came Back

His enemies closed in around the little man in the antique wing collar, their curved samurai swords sharpened for his political execution. "You answer in a strong voice, and you look healthy," a conservative mocked him. "The fact that the Prime Minister is able to appear at all ... is due to our spirit of chivalry," taunted a Socialist. At one point during his long inquisition before the Diet, 76-year-old Shigeru Yoshida, Premier of Japan for seven years, began to defend himself, but lost his way through his notes. "Ah ... ah ... ah," he mumbled, shuffling his papers....

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