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HONDA EXEC 'HATED THE JAPANESE'

A ex-official of American Honda Motor Co. said Thursday that his former boss ignored company policy about auto dealerships and awarded them to people who showered him with Rolex watches and other extravagant gifts.

Testifying in a federal kickback trial, Stanley Cardiges described top American Honda officials as largely unaccountable to Japanese senior management in the mid- to late-1980s and said that his former boss, John Billmyer, expressed disdain for the foreign-born executives.

"He said that he hated the Japanese," said Cardiges, 49, as he testified against Billmyer, a former senior vice president and member of the board of directors of American Honda.

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