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Tomorrow Party about to become yesterday's party

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The Nippon Mirai no To (Tomorrow Party of Japan), which was formed only a month ago with the aim of gathering anti-nuclear proponents into a viable political force, is on the verge of being dissolved.

The Tomorrow Party, founded by Shiga Gov Yukiko Kada, absorbed Ichiro Ozawa's People's Life First party, and ran on an anti-nuclear platform. Fifteen of the party's 17 Diet members came from People's Life First, including veteran upper house member Shizuka Kamei.

However, on Wednesday, Kamei said he would leave the Tomorrow Party, telling reporters at his office in Tokyo he saw no future for him in the party, TV Asahi reported. Sources claim Kamei's move came as the result of a disagreement over the party's management structure. Kamei told the press he would remain an independent for the time being.

Kada and former ally Ozawa are also reported to be at odds over the party's future, media reported Thursday. According to Jiji Press, Kada wants to appoint Lower House member Tomoko Abe as co-head of the Tomorrow Party instead of Ozawa, a move which has angered Ozawa and his supporters. Sources within the party said that Ozawa has virtually been the party chief anyway, calling the shots without consulting Kada, Jiji reported.

Meanwhile, Kada, who is not a member of the Diet, told reporters that when Ozawa joined the Tomorrow Party, he agreed to be an ordinary member and not try for a leadership role, TV Asahi reported.

When she formed the Tomorrow Party in late November, Kada said she hoped the new party would shape the future and bring hope to the Japanese people. She said she wanted it to become a true "third force," and invited like-minded people to join her crusade.

Adding to Kada's problems is increasing criticism from her prefectural government that she has neglected her duties as governor to dabble in national politics.

At a press conference Wednesday, Kada apologized for the ongoing confusion over the future of the party, and for failing as its leader, TV Asahi reported. She said the party would most likely split up amicably by Monday.

An announcement is yet to be made on how the party members are be divided, although pundits suspect that the 17 Diet members may join yet another new party to be formed by Ozawa.

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Adding to Kada’s problems is increasing criticism from her prefectural government that she has neglected her duties as governor to dabble in national politics.

She gets criticized for "neglecting her duties" but another so-called politician is free to do what he wants? Go figure.

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Good possibility for Ishin to follow suit as far as Narita airport newlywed divorces go.

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when Ozawa joined the Tomorrow Party, he agreed to be an ordinary member and not try for a leadership role, TV Asahi reported.

And she believed that? LOL!

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How many parties have Kamei and Ozawa quit now?

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Kada should named her party the "Here today, Gone Tommorrow Party" instead.

Too bad, but ♪it's her party so she can cry if she wants to, cry if she wants to, cry if she wants to♪

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This is politics Japanese-style. They keep changing parties the way most of us change our clothes everyday. And yet they seem to garner enough votes to stay in the government as an elected figure. Gotta blame the Japanese voters, too, for some of this nonsense.

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edojin: Worse yet is that they just change names, not their politics.

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....and that brings fortune and future to LDP :)

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Yubaru, she's female. What do you expect? Funny, no comments about Hashimoto doing the same but all I see is him parading around about national politics while ignoring local.

And indeed, how many parties has Ozawa been involved in now?!

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Ozawa is one of the biggest scum bags in all of Japanese politics, should any of us be surprised??

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When Oh when will the Japanese learn that you should trust a rattlesnake before Ozawa? I'm sorry, but Yukiko Kada is simply just another stupid pawn in Ozawa's game of I-want-to-be-King chess. I suppose the only good thing about the LDP landslide is that Ozawa has no chance of rejoining it and then trying to usurp power yet again --unless the week-kneed chicken-livered Abe actually invites him; which actually wouldn't surprise me.

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Boy, Ozawa really earned his nickname "The Destroyer" didn't he? He was the rock that created the avalanche that overtook the LDP in 93. He basically cause former PM (Can't remember his name anymore. He came after Hashimoto and before Mori) to have a stroke and die. He ruined the DPJ. And now this...Why oh why would anyone want to cooperate with him? You saw that the Ishin boys steered way clear of him.

As for Kamei....it would take a book to document his moments of stupidity. My favorite is the one about issueing bonds that might be interest free. Honestly, where do they get these guys? And what is up w/ his head? Literally, it is far out of proportion with the rest of his body.

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LOL!

Another DPJ party going down the drain!!!LOL

Good riddance and good bye!

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He is truly politician. Politician is just opportunist. Who care?

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