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December 01, 2014
People's Life Party leader Ichiro Ozawa attends a debate session with seven other party leaders ahead...
Tokyo, Japan
People's Life Party leader Ozawai attends a debate session with seven other party leaders ahead of the...
People's Life Party leader Ichiro Ozawa attends a debate session with seven other party leaders ahead of the December 14 lower house election in Tokyo December 1, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS ELECTIONS HEADSHOT)
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December 01, 2014
Japan's Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Shinzo Abe (4th L) poses...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party Abe poses with seven other party...
Japan's Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Shinzo Abe (4th L) poses with seven other party leaders, (L-R) People's Life Party leader Ichiro Ozawa, Party for Future Generations leader Takeo Hiranuma, Japan Innovation Party co-leader Kenji Eda, Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda, Komeito Party leader Natsuo Yamaguchi, Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii and Social Democratic Party leader Tadatomo Yoshida, before their debate session ahead of the December 14 lower house election in Tokyo December 1, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS ELECTIONS)
JAPAN/
RTX11AS4
July 03, 2013
People's Life Party leader Ichiro Ozawa attends a debate session with other party leaders ahead of the...
Tokyo, Japan
People's Life Party leader Ozawa attends debate session with other party leaders ahead of the July 21...
People's Life Party leader Ichiro Ozawa attends a debate session with other party leaders ahead of the July 21 Upper house election in Tokyo July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS HEADSHOT)
JAPAN/
RTX11AQ2
July 03, 2013
(L-R) Social Democratic Party leader Mizuho Fukushima, People's Life Party leader Ichiro Ozawa, New Komeito's...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's PM Abe pose with other party leaders at their debate session ahead of the July 21 Upper House...
(L-R) Social Democratic Party leader Mizuho Fukushima, People's Life Party leader Ichiro Ozawa, New Komeito's Party Leader Natsuo Yamaguchi, Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Japan Restoration Party co-leader Toru Hashimoto, Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe, Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii, and Green Wind party leader Kuniko Tanioka pose for photos before their debate session ahead of the July 21 Upper house election in Tokyo July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
JAPAN/
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December 12, 2012
Ichiro Ozawa, former Democratic Party leader who defected and now is part of the opposition Tomorrow...
Tokyo, Japan
Ichiro Ozawa of opposition Tomorrow Party attends news conference at Foreign Correspondents' Club of...
Ichiro Ozawa, former Democratic Party leader who defected and now is part of the opposition Tomorrow Party, attends a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Shohei Miyano (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN/
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December 12, 2012
Ichiro Ozawa, former Democratic Party leader who defected and now is part of the opposition Tomorrow...
Tokyo, Japan
Ichiro Ozawa from the opposition Tomorrow Party attends news conference at Foreign Correspondents' Club...
Ichiro Ozawa, former Democratic Party leader who defected and now is part of the opposition Tomorrow Party, attends a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Shohei Miyano (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN/
RTR3BH1M
December 12, 2012
A reporter takes a video image of Ichiro Ozawa, former Democratic Party leader who defected and now is...
Tokyo, Japan
A reporter takes video image of Ichiro Ozawa from opposition Tomorrow Party speaking during a news conference...
A reporter takes a video image of Ichiro Ozawa, former Democratic Party leader who defected and now is part of the opposition Tomorrow Party, speaking during a news conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Shohei Miyano (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS-OZAWA
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July 11, 2012
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa smiles during a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa smiles during a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa smiles during a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11, 2012. Ozawa and dozens of other members of parliament who quit the ruling party over a tax hike plan will launch a new party on Wednesday in a bid to challenge the government, possibly heralding an era of political shakeup. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS-OZAWA
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July 11, 2012
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa (3rd R) shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a ceremony...
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa (3rd R) shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11, 2012. Ozawa and dozens of other members of parliament who quit the ruling party over a tax hike plan will launch a new party on Wednesday in a bid to challenge the government, possibly heralding an era of political shakeup. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS-OZAWA
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July 11, 2012
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa smiles during a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa smiles during a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa smiles during a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11, 2012. Ozawa and dozens of other members of parliament who quit the ruling party over a tax hike plan will launch a new party on Wednesday in a bid to challenge the government, possibly heralding an era of political shakeup. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS-OZAWA
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July 11, 2012
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa smiles during a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa smiles during a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa smiles during a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11, 2012. Ozawa and dozens of other members of parliament who quit the ruling party over a tax hike plan will launch a new party on Wednesday in a bid to challenge the government, possibly heralding an era of political shakeup. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
JAPAN-POLITICS-OZAWA
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July 11, 2012
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa speaks at a news conference during a ceremony to launch his new...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa speaks at a news conference during a ceremony to launch his new...
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa speaks at a news conference during a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11, 2012. Ozawa and dozens of other members of parliament who quit the ruling party over a tax hike plan launched a new party on Wednesday in a bid to challenge the government, possibly heralding an era of political shakeup. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
JAPAN-POLITICS-OZAWA
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July 11, 2012
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a ceremony...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a ceremony...
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11, 2012. Ozawa and dozens of other members of parliament who quit the ruling party over a tax hike plan will launch a new party on Wednesday in a bid to challenge the government, possibly heralding an era of political shakeup. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
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July 11, 2012
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a ceremony...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political veteran Ozawa shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a ceremony to launch...
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11, 2012. Ozawa and dozens of other members of parliament who quit the ruling party over a tax hike plan will launch a new party on Wednesday in a bid to challenge the government, possibly heralding an era of political shakeup. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS-OZAWA
RTR34TKN
July 11, 2012
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa (C) shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a ceremony...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a ceremony...
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa (C) shouts slogans with other members of parliament at a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11, 2012. Ozawa and dozens of other members of parliament who quit the ruling party over a tax hike plan will launch a new party on Wednesday in a bid to challenge the government, possibly heralding an era of political shakeup. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS-OZAWA
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July 11, 2012
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa speaks at a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11,...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political veteran Ozawa speaks at a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa speaks at a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11, 2012. Ozawa and dozens of other members of parliament who quit the ruling party over a tax hike plan will launch a new party on Wednesday in a bid to challenge the government, possibly heralding an era of political shakeup. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
JAPAN-POLITICS-OZAWA
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July 11, 2012
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa (C) arrives at a venue to attend a ceremony to launch his new...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa arrives at a venue to attend a ceremony to launch his new party...
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa (C) arrives at a venue to attend a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11, 2012. Ozawa and dozens of other members of parliament who quit the ruling party over a tax hike plan will launch a new party on Wednesday in a bid to challenge the government, possibly heralding an era of political shakeup. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS-OZAWA
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July 11, 2012
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa arrives at a venue to attend a ceremony to launch his new party...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa arrives at a venue to attend a ceremony to launch his new party...
Japanese political veteran Ichiro Ozawa arrives at a venue to attend a ceremony to launch his new party in Tokyo July 11, 2012. Ozawa and dozens of other members of parliament who quit the ruling party over a tax hike plan will launch a new party on Wednesday in a bid to challenge the government, possibly heralding an era of political shakeup. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HRS
July 02, 2012
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo July 2,...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa and dozens of other lawmakers quit the ruling party on Monday over a plan to increase the sales tax, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. The red spot in the picture is the recording beacon of a TV camera. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HRR
July 02, 2012
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo July...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's PM Noda speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa and dozens of other lawmakers quit the ruling party on Monday over a plan to increase the sales tax, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HRQ
July 02, 2012
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reacts as he speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's PM Noda reacts as he speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reacts as he speaks to the media at his official residence in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa and dozens of other lawmakers quit the ruling party on Monday over a plan to increase the sales tax, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
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July 02, 2012
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa (C) attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa,...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa (C) attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HQE
July 02, 2012
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa, one...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
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July 02, 2012
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa (6th R) attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012....
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa (6th R) attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HQ8
July 02, 2012
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa (C) attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa,...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa (C) attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HQ7
July 02, 2012
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa, one...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HQ0
July 02, 2012
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa (L) attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa,...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa (L) attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HPX
July 02, 2012
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa, one...
Tokyo, Japan
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa attends a news conference in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HPK
July 02, 2012
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members'...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members'...
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members' meeting at the parliament in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HPE
July 02, 2012
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members'...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members'...
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members' meeting at the parliament in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HPD
July 02, 2012
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members'...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Noda arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members' meeting in...
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members' meeting at the parliament in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HPA
July 02, 2012
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members'...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members'...
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members' meeting at the parliament in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR34HP8
July 02, 2012
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (5th L) arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members'...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Noda arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members' meeting in...
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (5th L) arrives at his ruling Democratic Party of Japan board members' meeting at the parliament in Tokyo July 2, 2012. Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa, one of the key figures behind the ruling party's rise to power, led dozens of lawmakers out of the party on Monday, but the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Indeed, the departure of Ozawa, 70, and his followers could put Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a better position to consolidate control on his fractious party and cut deals with the opposition, whose help he needs to pass laws since they control the upper house, which can block bills. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-TAX/
RTR345XV
June 26, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa (2nd L) scratches his eyes as he prepares...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Ozawa scratches his eyes as he prepares to cast vote at lower house plenary session at the parliament...
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa (2nd L) scratches his eyes as he prepares to cast a vote at the lower house plenary session at the parliament in Tokyo June 26, 2012. Ozawa said on Tuesday he would do his best to revive the party while remaining a member, nixing predictions that he would quit after voting against a bill to double the nation's sales tax. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
JAPAN-TAX/
RTR345XQ
June 26, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa (C) casts a vote at the lower house...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ozawa casts a vote at the lower house plenary session...
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa (C) casts a vote at the lower house plenary session at the parliament in Tokyo June 26, 2012. Ozawa said on Tuesday he would do his best to revive the party while remaining a member, nixing predictions that he would quit after voting against a bill to double the nation's sales tax. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
JAPAN-TAX/
RTR345SF
June 26, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa (2nd L) arrives at the lower house...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ozawa arrives at the lower house plenary session...
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa (2nd L) arrives at the lower house plenary session at the parliament in Tokyo June 26, 2012. Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda looks certain to win parliament's approval for his signature tax hike plan on Tuesday but risks deepening a rift in his party that, in an extreme case, could cost him his majority and lead to an early election. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
JAPAN-TAX/
RTR345S6
June 26, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa attends a lower house plenary session...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ozawa attends a lower house plenary session in Tokyo...
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa attends a lower house plenary session at the parliament in Tokyo June 26, 2012. Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda looks certain to win parliament's approval for his signature tax hike plan on Tuesday but risks deepening a rift in his party that, in an extreme case, could cost him his majority and lead to an early election. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR318EJ
April 26, 2012
Supporters of Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa holding his portraits...
Tokyo, Japan
Supporters of Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa holding his portraits...
Supporters of Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa holding his portraits shout "banzai" or cheers to a car carrying Ozawa (not in picture) as Ozawa leaves the Tokyo District Court April 26, 2012. A Japanese court on Thursday acquitted ruling party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa of charges of violating fund-raising law, further complicating Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's task of preserving party unity and pushing through his contentious tax hike plan. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR318EC
April 26, 2012
A supporter of Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa raises a poster with...
Tokyo, Japan
A supporter of Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa raises a poster with...
A supporter of Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa raises a poster with his image outside the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo April 26, 2012. A Japanese court on Thursday acquitted ruling party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa of charges of violating fund-raising law, further complicating Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's task of preserving party unity and pushing through his contentious tax hike plan. The red words read "Putting People's Lives First". REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR318E9
April 26, 2012
Supporters of Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa holding his portraits...
Tokyo, Japan
Supporters of Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa holding his portraits...
Supporters of Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa holding his portraits shout "banzai" or cheers to a car carrying Ozawa (not in picture) as Ozawa leaves the Tokyo District Court April 26, 2012. A Japanese court on Thursday acquitted ruling party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa of charges of violating fund-raising law, further complicating Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's task of preserving party unity and pushing through his contentious tax hike plan. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR2ZD8I
March 15, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa speaks during an interview with Reuters...
Tokyo, Japan
To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo March 14, 2012. Japanese ruling party heavyweight Ozawa threatened to vote against sales tax hike bills to fund bulging social security costs, the latest sign of trouble for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's battle to fix the nation's tattered finances. Ozawa, 69, a former Democratic Party of Japan leader, told Reuters in an interview that he still hoped Noda would reconsider his plan to enact bills to double the 5 percent sales tax in two stages by October 2015. Picture taken March 14, 2012. To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR2ZD8F
March 15, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa listens to a reporter's question during...
Tokyo, Japan
To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa listens to a reporter's question during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo March 14, 2012. Japanese ruling party heavyweight Ozawa threatened to vote against sales tax hike bills to fund bulging social security costs, the latest sign of trouble for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's battle to fix the nation's tattered finances. Ozawa, 69, a former Democratic Party of Japan leader, told Reuters in an interview that he still hoped Noda would reconsider his plan to enact bills to double the 5 percent sales tax in two stages by October 2015. Picture taken March 14, 2012. To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR2ZD8E
March 15, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa attends an interview with Reuters in...
Tokyo, Japan
To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa attends an interview with Reuters in Tokyo March 14, 2012. Japanese ruling party heavyweight Ozawa threatened to vote against sales tax hike bills to fund bulging social security costs, the latest sign of trouble for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's battle to fix the nation's tattered finances. Ozawa, 69, a former Democratic Party of Japan leader, told Reuters in an interview that he still hoped Noda would reconsider his plan to enact bills to double the 5 percent sales tax in two stages by October 2015. Picture taken March 14, 2012. To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR2ZD8D
March 15, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa speaks during an interview with Reuters...
Tokyo, Japan
To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo March 14, 2012. Japanese ruling party heavyweight Ozawa threatened to vote against sales tax hike bills to fund bulging social security costs, the latest sign of trouble for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's battle to fix the nation's tattered finances. Ozawa, 69, a former Democratic Party of Japan leader, told Reuters in an interview that he still hoped Noda would reconsider his plan to enact bills to double the 5 percent sales tax in two stages by October 2015. The poster reads, "The citizens' livelihood is the top priority". Picture taken March 14, 2012. To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR2ZD8C
March 15, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa speaks during an interview with Reuters...
Tokyo, Japan
To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo March 14, 2012. Japanese ruling party heavyweight Ozawa threatened to vote against sales tax hike bills to fund bulging social security costs, the latest sign of trouble for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's battle to fix the nation's tattered finances. Ozawa, 69, a former Democratic Party of Japan leader, told Reuters in an interview that he still hoped Noda would reconsider his plan to enact bills to double the 5 percent sales tax in two stages by October 2015. Picture taken March 14, 2012. To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS PROFILE)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR2ZD8B
March 15, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa speaks during an interview with Reuters...
Tokyo, Japan
To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo March 14, 2012. Japanese ruling party heavyweight Ozawa threatened to vote against sales tax hike bills to fund bulging social security costs, the latest sign of trouble for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's battle to fix the nation's tattered finances. Ozawa, 69, a former Democratic Party of Japan leader, told Reuters in an interview that he still hoped Noda would reconsider his plan to enact bills to double the 5 percent sales tax in two stages by October 2015. Picture taken March 14, 2012. To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR2ZD8A
March 15, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa reacts during an interview with Reuters...
Tokyo, Japan
To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa reacts during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo March 14, 2012. Japanese ruling party heavyweight Ozawa threatened to vote against sales tax hike bills to fund bulging social security costs, the latest sign of trouble for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's battle to fix the nation's tattered finances. Ozawa, 69, a former Democratic Party of Japan leader, told Reuters in an interview that he still hoped Noda would reconsider his plan to enact bills to double the 5 percent sales tax in two stages by October 2015. Picture taken March 14, 2012. To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS PROFILE HEADSHOT)
JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
RTR2ZD89
March 15, 2012
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa speaks during an interview with Reuters...
Tokyo, Japan
To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo March 14, 2012. Japanese ruling party heavyweight Ozawa threatened to vote against sales tax hike bills to fund bulging social security costs, the latest sign of trouble for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's battle to fix the nation's tattered finances. Ozawa, 69, a former Democratic Party of Japan leader, told Reuters in an interview that he still hoped Noda would reconsider his plan to enact bills to double the 5 percent sales tax in two stages by October 2015. Picture taken March 14, 2012. To match Exclusive Interview JAPAN-POLITICS/OZAWA REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS PROFILE)
JAPAN-POLITICS/
RTR2QIRO
August 30, 2011
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa walks to cast a ballot at the lower...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa walks to cast a ballot at the lower...
Japan's ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa walks to cast a ballot at the lower house of parliament in Tokyo August 30, 2011. Japan Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda is to be voted in on Tuesday as the country's sixth prime minister in five years amid doubts he can unite his fractious ruling party while tackling myriad economic ills and a nuclear crisis. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/
RTR2QC09
August 26, 2011
Japan's Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrives (C) at a general meeting of the ruling Democratic Party...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrives at a general meeting of the DPJ lawmakers in Tokyo
Japan's Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda arrives (C) at a general meeting of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011. The race to pick Japan's sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday after media said ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was unlikely to back former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, a security hawk who is popular with voters. Prime Minister Naoto Kan, under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the radiation crisis it triggered, confirmed his intention to step down, Kyodo news agency reported, clearing the way for the DPJ to pick a new leader. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/
RTR2QC07
August 26, 2011
Japan's former foreign minister Seiji Maehara (C) smiles as he arrives at a general meeting of the ruling...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's former foreign minister Seiji Maehara smiles as he arrives at a general meeting of the DPJ lawmakers...
Japan's former foreign minister Seiji Maehara (C) smiles as he arrives at a general meeting of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011. The race to pick Japan's sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday after media said ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was unlikely to back Maehara, a security hawk who is popular with voters. Prime Minister Naoto Kan, under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the radiation crisis it triggered, confirmed his intention to step down, Kyodo news agency reported, clearing the way for the DPJ to pick a new leader. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/KAN
RTR2QC02
August 26, 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a general meeting of his DPJ lawmakers in Tokyo
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011. The race to pick Japan's sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday after media said ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was unlikely to back former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, a security hawk who is popular with voters. Prime Minister Kan, under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the radiation crisis it triggered, confirmed his intention to step down, Kyodo news agency reported, clearing the way for the DPJ to pick a new leader. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/KAN
RTR2QBZT
August 26, 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a general meeting of his DPJ lawmakers in Tokyo
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011. The race to pick Japan's sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday after media said ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was unlikely to back former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, a security hawk who is popular with voters. Prime Minister Kan, under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the radiation crisis it triggered, confirmed his intention to step down, Kyodo news agency reported, clearing the way for DPJ to pick a new leader. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/KAN
RTR2QBZQ
August 26, 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a general meeting of his DPJ lawmakers in Tokyo
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011. The race to pick Japan's sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday after media said ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was unlikely to back former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, a security hawk who is popular with voters. Prime Minister Kan, under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the radiation crisis it triggered, confirmed his intention to step down, Kyodo news agency reported, clearing the way for the DPJ to pick a new leader. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT)
JAPAN-POLITICS/KAN
RTR2QBZO
August 26, 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan leaves from the podium at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan leaves from the podium at a general meeting of his DPJ lawmakers in...
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan leaves from the podium at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011. The race to pick Japan's sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday after media said ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was unlikely to back former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, a security hawk who is popular with voters. Prime Minister Kan, under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the radiation crisis it triggered, confirmed his intention to step down, Kyodo news agency reported, clearing the way for the DPJ to pick a new leader. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/KAN
RTR2QBZN
August 26, 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows to lawmakers at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows to lawmakers at a general meeting of his DPJ lawmakers in Tokyo...
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows to lawmakers at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011. The race to pick Japan's sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday after media said ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was unlikely to back former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, a security hawk who is popular with voters. Prime Minister Kan, under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the radiation crisis it triggered, confirmed his intention to step down, Kyodo news agency reported, clearing the way for the DPJ to pick a new leader. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/KAN
RTR2QBZM
August 26, 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan (C) bows to lawmakers at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows to lawmakers at a general meeting of his DPJ lawmakers in Tokyo...
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan (C) bows to lawmakers at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011. The race to pick Japan's sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday after media said ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was unlikely to back former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, a security hawk who is popular with voters. Prime Minister Kan, under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the radiation crisis it triggered, confirmed his intention to step down, Kyodo news agency reported, clearing the way for the DPJ to pick a new leader. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/KAN
RTR2QBZL
August 26, 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows at a general meeting of his DPJ lawmakers in Tokyo
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011. The race to pick Japan's sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday after media said ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was unlikely to back former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, a security hawk who is popular with voters. Prime Minister Kan, under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the radiation crisis it triggered, confirmed his intention to step down, Kyodo news agency reported, clearing the way for the DPJ to pick a new leader. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
JAPAN-POLITICS/KAN
RTR2QBZK
August 26, 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)...
Tokyo, Japan
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows at a general meeting of his DPJ lawmakers in Tokyo
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan bows at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011. The race to pick Japan's sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday after media said ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was unlikely to back former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, a security hawk who is popular with voters. Prime Minister Kan, under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the radiation crisis it triggered, confirmed his intention to step down, Kyodo news agency reported, clearing the way for the DPJ to pick a new leader. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
JAPAN-POLITICS/KAN
RTR2QBZJ
August 26, 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan leaves from the podium at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic...
Tokyo, Japan
apan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan leaves from the podium at a general meeting of his DPJ lawmakers in Tokyo...
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan leaves from the podium at a general meeting of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) lawmakers at the parliament building in Tokyo August 26, 2011. The race to pick Japan's sixth leader in five years was up in the air on Friday after media said ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa was unlikely to back former foreign minister Seiji Maehara, a security hawk who is popular with voters. Prime Minister Kan, under fire for his response to the massive March tsunami and the radiation crisis it triggered, confirmed his intention to step down, Kyodo news agency reported, clearing the way for the DPJ to pick a new leader. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS)
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