This is the way the scandal ends, this is the way the scandal ends, this is the way the scandal ends, not with a bang but (barely) a whimper*.
*Cf. The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot, 1925.
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george4908: "Speaking of T.S. Eliot, the legend is that Paul Desmond, saxophonist with Dave Brubeck, was asked about dating models, he replied: 'Sometimes they go around with guys who are scuffling—for a while. But usually they end up marrying some cat with a factory. This is the way the world ends, not with a whim but a banker.'"
D. Hufford.: "Nothing unusual about this at all, except maybe instead of the usual two years suspended they got three suspended.
"Entirely normal in Japan. First, deny everything. Then, after a periods of outright lies, grudgingly admit (sorta) something maybe happened (perhaps) then 'sincerely' apologize. Then should the gov't. decide to actually prosecute, wait for a year or two then give the 'responsible' executives a suspended sentence.
"The only time I am aware of that this pattern hasn't occurred was when the young maverick Tamafumi Horie of Livedoor failed to properly kowtow to the gov't./business/media interests, and failed to confess because he did not think he did anything criminally wrong. For his youthful obstinacy, he was actually sent to prison. Surely nobody expected the now convicted criminals of Olympus to spend one single day in the pokey. (I now wait for someone to say it's the same as in the U.S. It is not.)"