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Clean sweep for Hosokawa

A package of four reform bills cleared the lower house of the Diet, making the enactment of laws aimed at cleaning up money politics in Japan almost inevitable, Terry McCarthy reports from Tokyo. The bills were supported by the coalition government of the Prime Minister, Morihiro Hosokawa and also attracted defectors from the Liberal Democratic Party.