Ryutaro Hashimoto: Japan's Mr. Tough Guy?Ted Holden
Rarely has Japan seen such a spectacle. On July 9, the Finance Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, with tears glistening in his eyes, publicly accepted responsibility for Japan's dangerously widening stock market scandal. The powerful minister announced that he and two senior aides would punish themselves by taking 10% pay cuts for three months.
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