Ozawa – Japan’s Shadow Shogun Cleared of Fraud

JAPANESE political kingpin Ichiro Ozawa has been cleared of fundraising fraud charges.The 69-year-old veteran once dubbed the “shadow shogun” is now expected to step up his destabilisation campaign against current Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and his allies.Mr Ozawa – a former leader of the Democratic Party of Japan – had been indicted for allegedly falsifying the accounts of his fundraising body to conceal its use as a slush fund for political donations.His aides had said the mistake was purely technical and their boss had not been aware of it.

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