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The Ishiharas trail the Hatoyamas 2-0 in prime ministers. But when it comes to the variety, prominence and celebrity of each individual member, not many families in Japan today can compete with the Ishihara bunch.

Following are questions and answers regarding the Ishihara family, whose members include politicians, an iconic movie star, a weatherman, an artist, actresses and the 80-year-old fire-breathing don, Shintaro:

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