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Based on the true story of a stock trader, the 1965 novel “The Informer” is remarkably prescient in describing the greed and venality that was, two decades later, to become a hallmark of the delirious days of Japan’s bubble-era economy.

The 1960s saw the emergence of a new breed of business people. Most were legitimate, but among the good apples were a growing number of hustlers, embezzlers, double-dealers and, in Akimitsu Takagi’s tale, a character capable of personal betrayal without qualms.

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