December 21(Tuesday)

Ichiro Ozawa and the Political Ethics Hearing Committee issue

 

In the election for the presidency of the DPJ in September, I pledged "clean and open politics."

 

In calling for Mr. Ozawa to appear before the Political Ethics Hearing Committee, there has been some criticism that a power struggle is underway despite it being an important time, with the budget now under formulation.  However, the problem of "money politics" involving Mr. Ozawa is one that has drawn the concern and the doubts of the public for more than a year.  It is necessary for Mr. Ozawa to explain the matter at the Diet, as he himself promised to do.

 

In addition, in taking up this issue while the Diet is not in session, it can be handled without causing inconveniences to the public.  On that basis, in the upcoming ordinary Diet session I wish to devote myself to deliberations on fiscal policy for the next fiscal year and important bills, looking ahead to the future.

 



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