Japan's political kingpin Ozawa rejects Kan's call to leave DPJ

18:42, February 10, 2011      

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Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) power broker Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo in this December 28, 2010 file photo. (Xinhua/Reuters)

Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) power broker Ichiro Ozawa rejected the request from Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday to leave the party, local media reported.

Kan made the request when he met with Ozawa at the premier's office on Thursday.

Ozawa was indicted last week over an alleged political funds law violation involving his fund management organization.

The case concerning Ozawa has already caused public support for Naoto Kan and his Cabinet to fall and created an ever-widening rift within the ruling DPJ of which Ozawa holds sway over a sizable number of junior Lower House lawmakers, who may side with Ozawa should he decide or be forced to leave the DPJ.

Source: Xinhua
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