The Man Who's Selling Japan On Jeeps

Mitsuru Sato is nothing if not resourceful. At age 23, hitchhiking across Europe, he often persuaded farmers to give him room and board if he cleaned their pigsties and fed their chickens. When his wallet was stolen in Rome, he cashed in his return ticket to Japan, figuring he could travel home more cheaply overland. Even spending just $2 a day, he ran out of money, forcing him to beg his way across the Middle East. In Baghdad, a horrified Japanese businessman once ponied up $70. But Sato almost didn't make it out of Libya, where he was arrested and grilled by the police.

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