Senior members of the executive board of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan on Monday left the decision on reinstating the membership of former Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa to DPJ Secretary General Azuma Koshiishi.
Ozawa, 69, was acquitted on April 26 of any wrongdoing in a political funding scandal. His membership was suspended in February 2011 after he was indicted for allegedly conspiring with aides to hide 400 million yen he lent to his political funding body in 2004 for a land deal.
Koshiishi told a news conference that the executive board had differing opinions on whether disciplinary measures should be lifted, Fuji TV reported. He said that some members felt any decision should wait until May 10, which is the deadline for prosecutors to appeal the acquittal decision. Diet Policy Affairs chief Seiji Maehara said it would be premature to reinstate Ozawa's membership if an appeal is lodged.
But Koshiishi said he favors reinstating Ozawa's membership since he has been acquitted and added that he will start procedures to do so later Tuesday.
Ozawa controls the largest DPJ faction with about 120 members.© Japan Today