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Friday, March 06, 2009

Ichiro Ozawa’s LDP Challenger Allegedly Worked Out Nishimatsu Construction Money Scheme

There’s so much going on around the Nishimatsu Construction case but I still can’t imagine anything happening between now and the almost inevitable indictment of Ichiro Ozawa’s aide-de-camp that will change the minds of anyone that matters regarding Ozawa’s fate and its impact on the political scene. However, in the strangest of plot twists, the ex-secretary that set up the arrangement between the Ozawa camp and Nishimatsu Construction appears to be Yoshinobu Takahashi, current head of the local LDP chapter in Iwate Prefecture, Fourth District, poised to run against Ozawa in the upcoming Lower House election. Takahashi was Ozawa’s right-hand man for many years and even served as a Lower House member for the DPJ in 2000-2003, but defected to the LDP in 2004.

It’s weird, and I don’t know what to make of it, except to see it as proof that you never know what’s going to pop up as the investigation unfolds.