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ME AND MY MOTORCADE NO. 13

New boy’s toys

Japan [YUKIO HATOYAMA]

Preface

When the world’s biggest car manufacturer is a Japanese national treasure, the country’s prime minister has only one choice, to ride in a Toyota – and an environmentally friendly one at that. Protocol has it that the top-of-the-range Toyota Century Royal is reserved for the Emperor, while the PM makes do with Lexus and older Century models.

Since he ousted the once-unassailable LDP to become prime minister in September 2009’s historic national elections, Yukio Hatoyama has been…

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