Zaito's "shadow budget" has funneled $3.4 trillion in postal savings and insurance money into dubious state ventures:
Japan Highway Public Corp.
Wants $200 billion to finish underused highway system; owes $226 billion
Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority
Runs six expensive, underused bridges; owes $34.6 billion, 48 times operating income
Japan National Oil Corp.
Explores for oil outside Japan; owes $21 billion
Housing Loan Corp.
Finances half of Japan's home mortgages; holds over $6.2 billion in bad loans
Data: Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Research