A Talk With Ryutaro Hashimoto

With his trademark cigarette holder, sideburns, and ink-black pompadour, Japan's Ryutaro Hashimoto mixes flair with a lifetime experience in the political trenches. After watching two reform leaders fail, voters seem to favor him to become Japan's next Prime Minister. Hashimoto, currently International Trade & Industry Minister, discussed Japan's future on Sept. 13 with BUSINESS WEEK International Managing Editor Robert J. Dowling and Tokyo correspondents Brian Bremner and Edith H. Updike in his Tokyo office.

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