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Ozawa, Hatoyama meet to discuss who to back for PM


Former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Ichiro Ozawa and former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama met Thursday to discuss who to support in Monday's party presidential election that will select a successor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

Ozawa told a meeting of his supporters afterwards that the next prime minister should return to the party's 2009 election-winning manifesto rather than follow the current policies of Kan. He also expressed concern that there were too many candidates.

The crowded field includes former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, 49, Finance Minister Yoshiko Noda, 54, Agriculture Minister Michiko Kano, 69, former Environment Minister Sakihito Ozawa, 57, former Transport Minister Sumio Mabuchi, 51, and Shinji Tarutoko, 52, the DPJ’s chief of parliamentary affairs.

Campaigning for the election kicks off Saturday. Calls have been growing among some lawmakers for some candidates to drop out of the race. A spokesman for Noda's support group told TBS News that Maehara should drop out. Before Maehara announced his candidacy, Noda was considered the frontrunner.

In Monday's election, 398 DPJ members will cast their votes. Ozawa heads the largest faction with about 140 members.

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Ozawa, Hatoyama meet to discuss who to back for PM

The title of this topic should read as Ozawa, Hatoyama meet to discuss "You scratch my back and I scrach your back" . Yay!

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What right does a has been (Hatoyama) or politician who is suspected of corruption (Ozawa) have any right to discuss who should become the next prime minister. These are the same idiots who tried to destabilize leadership in Japan right after the earth quake when nobody in this country wanted it. These guys and the peons who follow them is what holds this great country back.

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It's a simple point, but Ozawa is right:

DPJ was elected based on its 2009 manifesto, one of the first ever used in a Japanese election. It introduced the "radical" idea of political parties in Japan having policies and ideas of their own, and seeking a democratic mandate based on these ideas.

And the Dems won by a landslide, with a manifesto contributed to by Kan, Ozawa and everyone.

Kan started breaking manifesto promises and that is why Ozawa and Hatoyama's factions turned on him, and why the DPJ was obliterated in upper house elections last year resulting in the DPJ being unable to now pass any laws without opposition support.

DPJ led by Kan was punished by voters for breaking and failing to fulfill manifesto promises.

I don't want the DPJ to be another LDP that assumes power and does simply as it is told by the all powerful burocrats. Apart from being of below average ability as a PM generally, I was more disappointed than anything else to see Kan promoted from Finance Minister to PM, practically now owned by the Finance Ministry, at whose behest he started dismantling election promises.

And Kan is supporting Noda, his successor to the Finance Ministry and pro-nuclear, war criminal lover to replace himself, just showing how far he sold out.

I agree with Ozawa - I don't care who it is, so long as the DPJ gets back on the task of rebuilding and reshaping Japanese politics to give voters an actual say in how Japan is run, and to make lawmakers actually accountable for government policies. The successor to Kan should get the DPJ back on track to fulfilling its manifesto promises.

I don't care if it is Maehara, or other anti-Ozawa guys who do it. But the man speaketh the truth on how the DPJ can avoid being destroyed in the next election. Candidates had best listen.


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I don't understand why Japanese care what the heck these 2 think or say. Why on earth do these two (one a crook and the other who quit while he held the nations top job) still have any power in the political world?????

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National Election again

This party is very terrorist

They must finish better ...

: ~

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@GW, no Japan is in a fudelism. That's what Japanese people have been told. Democracy? No, that is a misconception in my opinion. That's why I left Japan 40 yrs ago. I was young then, but I was right on this.

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Even more evidence, like we need any more, that Japan ISNT a democracy, this is beyond pathetic & is stupid beyond belief, to see that people actually back these two ultimate losers, more evidence Japan will continue its fall sadly.

This is very uninspiring & truly sad.

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What would be great is to have the tv cameras live, showing hatoyama and Ozawa debating. That would be as close to democracy as we could expect.

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Just a question, If Ozawa with his party membership suspended, what is the legal position regarding his leadership position of his faction.Surely you can't control members if your membership is suspended. Can any outcome from his faction be challenged in a court of law as to its legality????? So can Mr Kan challenge the outcome regarding his present and future position,because I don't think in his heart he had any intention of resigning.

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@JapanGal, I am so happy to see a new bleed of young generation of Japan like you who is not afraid to speak up. You go girl!! Japan needs to change.

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@Asagao, I believe Japanese are now changing their view on US base issue after the 3/11.

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The whole of Japan made a historic change of govt last election, and voted for hatoyama because he promised to get rid of American bases. That is what the people want, so, only hatoyama has the right to choose, not Ozawa.

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Forget about them...Change the law to give the PM a set term, put together a team of bodyguards and install Renho as the leader. That would be completely setting the cat among the pigeons! She might have been clueless about the supercomputer race and a couple of other things, but hell, if she can eliminate wasteful spending and amakudari for the sake of helping clean up after the disaster and house people, then I'd be all for it.

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No globalwatcher. Of course not.

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Pat and Pattachon.

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In Monday’s election, 398 DPJ members will cast their votes. Ozawa heads the largest faction with about 140 members.

Will they be able to cast votes without being told how to vote by Ozawa and Hatoyama?

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Who cares what Ozawa or Hatoyama have to say about anything?

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The headline should read ,"Ozawa,Hatoyama meet to discuss who they can control as PM" because with Mr Kan they couldn't do that. As for the "party’s 2009 election-winning manifesto " not only did LDP blackmail Mr Kan into abandoning those policies in return for getting important bills passed (for the reconstruction after 3/11) and his resignation, but also the DPJ and those members of the Ozawa faction.for their part in not backing the party leader Mr Kan, which eventually has ended with the present situation. If the party had acted with solidarity then the party manifesto could have been reached. As I have said in a previous comments, those in big business and the powerful bureaucrats don't want a stable government unless they control it. It does seem this is the case with the DPJ and Ozawa.

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Nothing quite so dissapoints me than to think that Japan, which considers itself to be a democracy, has allowed its political process to become so distorted, that the only way its Prime Minister can only be selected, is by engaging the support of these two vapid, old, corrupt politicos - one under indictment.

One can say what they want about Koizumi, but he did his best to dissmantle the hold that factional politics has on Japan - unfortunately he didn't succeed.

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A spokesman for Noda’s support group told TBS News that Maehara should drop out. Before Maehara announced his candidacy, Noda was considered the frontrunner.

Mmm, competition bad. Me want Noda. He good.

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