April 26th, 2012
04:10 AM ET

Court acquits Japanese political heavyweight of funding scandal

A Japanese court on Thursday found one of the country's most influential politicians not guilty of participating in a funding scandal, reconfiguring the balance of power in the governing party.

The Tokyo District Court acquitted Ichiro Ozawa - nicknamed the "Shadow Shogun" for his political power-broking - of falsifying a funding report.

Ozawa, who was forced to resign as head of the governing Democratic Party of Japan in 2009 because of the scandal, is now in a position to reassert his considerable clout within the party.

He opposes Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's plans to double the sales tax, a controversial measure aimed at tackling Japan's huge public debt.


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  1. Philip

    He he. Wondering if Ja pans federal reserve is associated with the one located in the USA. LMAO, really. 🙂

    April 26, 2012 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Misnomer: Ja pans Federal Reserve. Ja pan no-more has a fed than the EU or the US does. None of the federal reserves ever get audited by anyone besides their own directors, the world"s federal reserve banks home-office bank, the bIS bank in Basel, Switzerland Not even Swiss authorities are allowed on their property. (Vatican like)

    April 26, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dear President Obama

    Why did you copycat Bush(s) and refuse to allow a public audit of the federal reserve system doing business here in the USA? YOU wont even allow US to see the feds home office audits! You ain't a fed are ya?

    April 26, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dear fmr. President Bush(s)

    Hay! Get this...the same people (US based corporate armed security) who protect fmr. President Bush(s) Royal House of Saud buddies protect the property of the BIS bank in Basel, Switzerland. They both have their own little private American army. One would think they could afford their own. They freaking own Harley-Davidson!

    April 26, 2012 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Muffy. Yep. And like that lawyer guy on the other channel (C-Span) telling the Clinton's you can't sell the same piece of property to several different people as OJ was pretending the dreaded glove struggle.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. C-Span in the Oval Office

    God forbid.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. C-Span's new movie: Oval Office

    Starring Monica Lewinsky as Mrs. Clinton. (When will C-Span come-up with a new theme for this old FDR/Hellenor Roosevelt soap?)

    April 26, 2012 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Madame Royale

    The jury has spoken.
    That being said, it is refreshing to know that the US is not the only country with politicians that use questionable tactics.
    It seems Japan has them, also.
    It's a small world, after all.

    April 26, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. @~Madame Royale

    Yes, They most-all have them these days. *Them* being federal reserves, with the lesser of *them* being indebted to the IMF/WorldBank/USAid(s). I ()'d the 's' to note that before Americans landed on the sandy beaches of Afghanistan, the HIV infection rate for Afghanistan was "zero". Now, it rivals Saudi Arabias (source:CIA World Factbook) where Americans have been for a long time... American armed forces defend the House of Saud

    April 26, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Madame Royale


      Oh, I know that.
      It is just nice to be reminded that we are not the only ones.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    🙂 That was my favorite ride at Disneyland. (Small World) My toddler daughter...she had seen Mickey Mouse on the video screen, but this was the first time she saw Mickey for real. She stood-up in her little stroller and pointed her finger at Mickey! Then, she covered her mouth and turned to look at me...and then she lifted her little hands and whispered loudly "Mickey Mouse!"...as if it were unbelievable! Awe. It is a small world in the eyes of a child. No offense, Madame. 🙂

    April 26, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Madame Royale

      None taken, Philip.
      That is a memory to cherish forever.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tonto

    What's with the "we" stuff, Lone Ranger? It's not 'We the People' that's *them*, it's *them*. Though *thems* guys do see about getting lots of stuff for US. And cheap, too.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |