Ozawa vows to stay on even if indicted

Ruling party kingpin Ichiro Ozawa, seeking to become Japan’s new prime minister, said Tuesday he would not step down even if a judicial review panel orders his indictment in a political funds scandal.Ozawa, vying with Prime Minister Naoto Kan for the ruling party presidency customarily coupled with the premiership, made the comment amid reports that the panel had launched its review of a decision by prosecutors not to indict him."There is no need for me to leave my party or my job" if the panel orders prosecutors to indict him, Ozawa said in a television interview. "If such a conclusion is drawn, I will respond to it fair and square."The centre-left Democratic Party of Japan will vote to choose between Kan and Ozawa on September 14 as its president. The judicial panel is expected to end the review by the end of October.Ozawa has battled claims he was involved in laundering millions of dollars through an upscale Tokyo property. His fund management body allegedly cooked the books from 2004 to 2007.

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