Tuesday September 22, 2020

Kan-do attitude

Naoto Kan, the beleaguered prime minister of Japan, is a devotee of the ancient Chinese board game mahjong.

19th March, 2011

Naoto Kan, the beleaguered prime minister of Japan, is a devotee of the ancient Chinese board game mahjong.

During his student days, he invented an electronic device that would keep track of its notoriously complicated scoring system. Although he initially thought he might become as rich as Bill Gates, his prototype was turned down by Nintendo and he decided to pursue a political career instead.

As he surveys the state of his country this weekend,...

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