If a man is best judged by the lives he touches, here is a partial list of names by which to measure Susumu Ishii:
Setsuya Tabuchi and Yoshihisa Tabuchi. They are unrelate except as chairman and president, respectively, of Nomura Securities, the world's biggest stock brokerage. Big Tabuchi and Little Tabuchi were the acknowledged lords of Japan's immensely lucrative securities business until May. Since then, they have resigned in disgrace and have spent the summer answering police, parliamentary and regulators' questions about the help Nomura gave Mr. Ishii's gang in a multibillion-dollar manipulation of stock in Tokyu Corp., an $11 billion-a-year conglomerate.
Hiroyasu Watanabe and Jun Saotome. Until July, they were the president and managing director, respectively, of Tokyo Sagawakyubin, a big trucking company that paid about $58 million for "memberships" in the Iwama Country Club, which Mr. Ishii's gang owns. Buying multimillion-dollar golf memberships as executive fringe benefit is not uncommon in Japan. But the catch was that the "memberships" were for a course that is open to the public. The privately held trucking firm's shareholders called a meeting and threw the two executives out on grounds that by giving in to the mob, they had "disturbed the society." Nomura and Nikko, another brokerage house that helped Mr. Ishii's gang in the Tokyu scam, are also among a dozen or more companies reported to have "bought" Iwama "memberships."