Excerpt from Miyuki, Harvard Girl by Eldon Brown, soon to be available on Amazon.com:
He knew that I had observed this procedure before, so I surmised that he had another reason to get me alone. There were some things that I wanted to ask him too. On the way to the orchid house, I just blurted out, “Mr. Seto, were you spying on me?”
“Not spy,” he said, “watch.”
“But why?” I asked.
“It is Japanese way. Everyone is watched. You are seeing my daughter. I must know all about you.”
“The present was a nice touch.”
Seto smiled. “Yes, but you did not accept.” He paused and became more serious. “Mattu-san, by now I am sure that you know I am yakuza. It is no secret. Your FBI knows, the baseball players know. It is why I always have bodyguards. I don’t think Miyuki knows, and I would prefer that she believes I am just a simple farmer.” Just then the orchid truck departed from the orchid greenhouse.
“Is it true that you clear fifty thousand dollars for each of these shipments?”
He smiled again and offered a slight bow. “Your information not entirely correct. I must pay a commission on every order. Each politician has a budget for meetings and official functions. I pay them twenty-five percent commission.”
“Isn’t that a bribe?”
“No, not bribe, commission. We call it tea money.”
I thought, One man’s bribe is another man’s incentive.
He looked up at me and smiled. “I suppose you believe that some tea is not exchanged in your country when those big defense contracts are signed.” His eyes seemed to twinkle.