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Agents Of Influence
Agents Of Influence
By Pat Choate
295 pp, Knopf, 1990
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The dust jacket proclaims that this is a study of "how Japan's lobbyists in the United States manipulate America's political and economic system," and the text provides details with high alarm and indignation. The author proposes restrictions on the right of former U.S. officials to act as lobbyists, prohibition of foreign gifts to former presidents, barriers to foreign involvement in elections and cutbacks on state and local subsidies to foreign firms. The book combines familiar Japan-bashing with a lament over declining civic virtue.