Toshihiro Nikai, the LDP faction leader and current METI Minister, had been looking like the yin to Ichiro Ozawa’s yang, Chip to Ozawa’s Dale, in the Nishimatsu scandal. But he seems to have dropped out of the media’s sights, even before the weekend frenzy over the North Korean “satellite” launch. (Incidentally, I think that the press coverage was disproportionate to the public’s interest n the subject. Life mostly went on, unless a reporter stuck a mike in front of your face. This contrasts strongly with the abduction issues, where I believe that the public and the media did more feeding on each other.) His story appears to have been relegated to the back pages of a few tabloids. The Nikai side ain’t talkin’; in return, the Public Prosecutors Office has stopped leaking. Or have I missed something?
If someone in his camp is not indicted, it’ll fuel a lot of conspiracy theories. The PPO will have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Just sayin’.