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10Feb94 JAPAN: JACKERS JOURNAL - HANIX BOSS COMMITS SUICIDE.

A sense of honour still exists in the construction plant manufacturing business, if in few other places. But even where old standards are being maintained, there are usually limits.Not, though, in Japan.Word reaches me that the troubled Japanese mini excavator firm Hanix was being investigated by the tax office last year. The taxman had called in the receivers and the future was looking grim.Not one to take a back seat in sorting out his firm's problems, the president of Hanix Japan became personally involved in the wrangle with the tax authorities.And when the situation seemed hopeless, the president walked into the tax office, handed over a letter saying that the company was innocent of all charges and committed Japanese-style ritual suicide in the reception area.The letter also contained an apology to the Hanix employees, whose livelihoods have been threatened by the tax problems of the firm. CONSTRUCTION NEWS