Commentary: Japan: The Mof Won't Loosen Its Stranglehold

Tokyo's recent string of financial scandals all have the same choreographed feel: Officials express outrage, then talk reform. The men in suits who went astray resign. Sometimes, a few commit suicide even before prosecutors pound on the door. Once the public outcry subsides, it's back to business as usual. The corruption, insider trading, mob payoffs, and illicit asset shuffling go on and on.

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