Alberto Fujimori peers into his computer quietly plotting a return to power half a world away -- all but oblivious to being a wanted man who can't leave the confines of Japan for fear of arrest.

The disgraced former Peruvian president calls up opinion polls, media reports and even an audio clip from a Peruvian radio commentator that all testify, he claims, to a mounting mandate for his return.

"I'm in the process of preparation -- preparation to re-enter the political world in Peru," Fujimori said in his fullest interview since settling in Japan after resigning his post in November 2000 amid a massive corruption scandal.