Eitaro Itoyama was born in Japan. Onetime lawmaker's holdings, which include 9 country clubs, including Chiba Shin Nihon Golf Club, and one golf driving range, are stagnant.
He sold half of his JAL stake on the open market in 2006 after the company failed to pay dividends for two years in a row
Itoyama became the single largest shareholder in Japan Airlines in February 1998 and publicly called for significant changes to management and business structures
He was a principal figure in a 1974 bribery scandal that resulted in the arrests of more than 90 people, including a senior vice president of Itoyama's company, and Peter Herzog characterized Itoyama as "one of the worst offenders" in having a "cavalier attitude" toward Japanese election laws
Eitaro Itoyama (糸山 英太郎, Itoyama Eitarō, born June 4, 1942 in Tokyo, Japan) is one of Japan's wealthiest citizens with a fortune estimated to exceed $500 million