Former Democratic Party of Japan Secretary-General Ichiro Ozawa has hinted that he may contest the DPJ's next leadership race.
Ozawa, whose party membership has been suspended pending the outcome of his trial on charges of violating the political funding law, told an Internet television program this week that he is willing to toss his hat into the ring after Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's term of office as DPJ leader expires in September.
Ozawa has been critical of Noda since he became prime minister last summer, accusing him of reneging on one pledge after another in the DPJ's 2009 election-winning manifesto. He said the party has become fractured under Noda and he may have to step in to unify the DPJ.
A verdict in the case against Ozawa is scheduled for April 26.© Japan Today