Year: 1989 Source: The New York Times, (May 19, 1989). SIEC No: 19890602

This newsclipping describes the case of Ihei Aoki, the chief fundraiser of Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita. It describes AokiÕs position in the Japanese government & the possible role that Aoki perceived his suicide in relation to the political scandal of Takeshita. The Japanese tradition of suicide & loyalty is discussed. It concludes with a discussion of suicide as a disease of the elite in Japan. (SC)