Ichiro Ozawa Talks About Upcoming General Election

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December 12, 2012, Tokyo, Japan – Japan’s political kingpin Ichiro Ozawa speaks during a news conference at Tokyo’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. A stalwart he is, Ozawa departed from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which he helped to a landslide victory in the 2009 general election, over the plan to increase the sales tax. He then formed a party of his own, the third-largest force in the Diet with loyal followers across the board. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

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December 12, 2012, Tokyo, Japan – Japan’s political kingpin Ichiro Ozawa poses for an army of photographers before the start of a news conference at Tokyo’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. With less than a month before the December 16 Diet lower house election, Ozawa merged his People’s Life First with the Japan Future Party, aiming to lead a strong “third force” to challenge the two major parties, DPJ and the Liberal Democratic Party. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)