Japan's leadership race takes a turn as underdog receives kingpin's backing (2)

21:41, June 03, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

When asked about his affiliation to pro-Ozawa executives Tarutoko replied," It's absurd to categorize members regarding their closeness to Mr. Ozawa. Those lawmakers who are close to Mr. Ozawa are wanting to show collectively that the DPJ is working hard to change it's tainted image."

Tarutoko, is a DPJ lawmaker, heads the lower house environment committee and is known as one of seven members of a group led by party elder Kozo Watanabe that has distanced itself from party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa.

For his part, Naoto Kan, who many political pundits believe is the frontrunner to succeed Hatoyama, said in a news conference directly after Tarutoko's that his focus as DPJ leader and prime minister would be to run a clean government that was less exposed to the influence of ruling party kingpin Ichiro Ozawa and free from money scandals. The 63 year old political veteran said that his primary focus would be on rejuvenating the nation.

"A lot of Japanese people entrusted the DPJ to rejuvenate the country and I plan to achieve this purpose and this is why I am running for leader and this is what I told Mr. Hatoyama yesterday, " Kan said.

"There are a number of strategies for economic growth and financial health already underway, but yet to come to fruition because of the Futenma base issue in Okinawa. Mr. Hatoyama stepped down to remove such obstacles," the finance minister said.

【1】 【2】 【3】


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Giant red lantern lights up in Tiananmen Square to celebrate the coming National Day on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Li Xin)
  • A ceremony is held in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, on Sept. 28, 2011, to commemorate the 2,562nd birthday of Confucius (551-479 BC), a Chinese thinker, educationist and philosopher. (Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng)
  • The world's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for delivery arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, capital of Japan, on Sept. 28, 2011. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, whose buyer is All Nippon Airways (ANA), will implement a flight of ANA on Oct. 26 from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Hong Kong in south China. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)
  • A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter shows what is believed to be human jawbone found inside a mass grave near Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, Spet. 27, 2011. The NTC on Sunday said they had found a mass grave containing the bodies of 1,270 people killed by Gaddafi's security forces in a 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in southern Tripoli. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
  • Rescue workers and local residents search for survivors after a building collapsed in old Delhi, India, Sept. 27, 2011. At least 10 people were killed and 35 injured when an old three-storey building collapsed. More than a dozen people are still feared trapped under the debris, police said. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)
  • A visitor has flying experience in the windmill castle of Jinshitan National Holiday resort in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 27, 2011. The castle is a 23-meter-high building with 21 meters in diameter. The castle uses wind tunnel to make objects floating in the air. It is the first indoor stadium in China, which enables people to have flying experience. (Xinhua/Zhang Chunlei)
Hot Forum Discussion