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7/13/1999--Tokyo, Japan..Japan's famed sokaiya corporate shakedown-artists reports that they're attempting to refurbish their image.  The sokaiya have long been known for gathering dirt about business practices and publicizing it at shareholder meetings and elsewhere, a threat companies can avert only by making handsome payments to their syndicates.  Now veteran sokaiya Kaoru Ogawa is trying to recharacterize his activities: "I'm the Japanese Ralph Nader," he says....All photographs ©2003 Stuart Isett.All rights reserved.This image may not be reproduced without expressed written permission from Stuart Isett.