Japan's Dr. No

Shintaro Ishihara, the ultranationalist politician who gained global notoriety for co-authoring The Japan That Can Say "No" and The Asia That Can Say "No," now has said "No" to politics. On Apr. 14, the flamboyant former novelist and yachtsman, 62, unexpectedly announced his immediate resignation from the House of Representatives, where he is serving his eighth term. He didn't explain the timing of his decision but declared that he feels "guilty and ashamed" about the state of Japanese politics, which he said is filled with parties and lawmakers who pursue their own "mean, selfish aims."

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