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The Reckoning by David Halberstam

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26. THE EMPEROR SHIOJI

THE FRIENDS OF ICHIRO Shioji, the men with whom he regularly played golf, noted the change in him. He had never been exactly shy, but he had become a man of the world. His new self-confidence was startling to them. Suddenly, it seemed, he was always just on his way to some international meeting or just back from one. On the links with them or in the locker room after one of these business trips, he would talk expansively of the Americans he had just spent time with, Reuther and Woodcock and even some American politicians whose names apparently meant a great deal to him although somewhat less to them. As he became ever more influential he brought them gifts from abroad—cigarette lighters (personalized, with his name on them), ...

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