A Japanese court has convicted three former aides to a ruling party powerbroker in a political funding scandal, dealing a blow to his status in the struggling partys public image.
Ichiro Ozawa engineered the Democratic Party of Japans historic rise to power in 2009 but was charged with political funding violations this year. He will face a separate trial beginning Oct. 6 over the case.
Ozawa’s party membership has been suspended over the scandal but he remains a hugely influential figure.
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