Veteran politician Ichiro Ozawa – the powerbroker of Japanese politics who helped create election victory for Japan’s governing party - has formed a rival group. Now he is determined to oust the prime minister for breaking election promises over tax rises. He wants to form a populist alliance with the mayors from Osaka and Tokyo. But the new-look party lacks a vision for Japan’s future and seems steeped in political intrigue and backroom deals.

VETERAN politician Ichiro Ozawa, the powerbroker in Japanese politics for many years, has left the governing Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and formed a new opposition along with 49 other party defectors.

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Dr. Stefan Lippert
Japan’s political system will remain directionless and dysfunctional with no hard-hitting initiatives before the next general elections in 2013
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