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Ozawa party membership to be suspended

Top officials in the Democratic Party of Japan on Monday proposed to suspend the party membership of political powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa over a funding scandal that has sharply divided the ruling party.

DPJ executives agreed on the proposal at their meeting Monday and plan to present it at the party’s Standing Officers Council as early as Tuesday, officials said.
The punitive move came after court-appointed lawyers indicted Ozawa last month on charges of involvement in false financial statements filed in 2004 and 2005 by the body that manages his campaign funds.

If his membership is officially suspended, Ozawa will be stripped of all party titles and financial support.

“The decision is what the DPJ showed as its responsibility,” Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who is also the DPJ’s president, told a news conference.

Read the rest of the story: Japans ruling party seeks to punish powerbroker – Yahoo! News.