Ozawa Suspended

apan’s ruling Democrat Party on Monday suspended power-broker Ichiro Ozawa for three months after he abstained from a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Naoto Kan, a report said.

DPJ Secretary General Katsuya Okada and other executives said they had made their decision after Ozawa repeatedly refused to follow the party line and back the centre-left leader, the Kyodo news report said.

Kan survived the opposition no-confidence motion last week that some rebel members of his own party had threatened to support, after appeasing his enemies by promising to step down but without specifying a date.

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