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Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States

Mark D. West


A leader of a global superpower is betrayed by his mistress, who makes public the sordid details of their secret affair. His wife stands by as he denies the charges. Debates over definitions of moral leadership ensue. Sound familiar? If you guessed Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, try again. This incident involved former Japanese prime minister Sōsuke Uno and a geisha. This book organizes the seemingly random worlds of Japanese and American scandal—from corporate fraud to baseball cheaters, political corruption to celebrity sexcapades—to explore well-ingrained similarities and contrasts in la ... More

Keywords: Japan, Sōsuke Uno, geisha, corporate fraud, political corruption, scandal, dignity, honor, sex, United States

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226894089
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226894119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark D. West, author

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