Here Comes Hashimoto

With his slicked-back pompadour, 1950s sideburns, and caustic wit, Ryutaro Hashimoto has always played the maverick in consensus-loving Japan. Around the conservative Liberal Democratic Party, Hashimoto even became known as Mr. Pamado, after the Japanese word for hair gel, because of his image as a smooth political bperator. Most recently, the International Trade & Industry Minister won celebrity status for his abrasive negotiating style in this summer's tumultuous U.S.-Japan auto talks.

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