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WELL, NOBODY WOULD CALL IN SICK

GENGHIS KHAN isn't just a brutal 13th century conqueror. To many young bureaucrats in Japan, he is also the example of an ideal boss.

The Mongol warrior, who united disparate tribes across Asia into a dominating military force, was named most frequently by new civil servants as the person they think would make the best supervisor.

The government asked 520 newly hired national civil servants who they would most admire as a boss. Seventy-nine listed Genghis Khan -- the first time since the survey began in 1991 that a non-Japanese topped the list.

Finishing second with 52 votes was Akira Ohgi, manager of the Orix BlueWave, a baseball team that won the 1995 Japanese championship. Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto had eight votes to finish in ninth place.

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