Indicted lawmaker Ishikawa tenders resignation from DPJ
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 19:30
Tokyo: Tomohiro Ishikawa, a Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker and former aide to DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa, tendered his resignation from the ruling party on Thursday following his indictment over funding irregularities in connection with a Tokyo land deal.

His resignation will likely further stir the opposition camp's demand that ruling party kingpin Ozawa also take responsibility for the funds scandal, which resulted in the indictment of one other former secretary and a current aide for the seasoned lawmaker in addition to Ishikawa.

Ishikawa, 36, who worked for Ozawa's Rikuzankai funds management body, was indicted Feb 4 for failing to log 400 million yen in income for it, which was allegedly used to purchase the land in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, in violation of the Political Funds Control Law.

Ishikawa, a House of Representatives lawmaker, quit the party against a backdrop of unabated criticism from not only opposition lawmakers but also some in the ruling camp that he should leave it.

Speaking to the press Tuesday in the city of Obihiro, Hokkaido, where his constituency is located, Ishikawa declared he would not resign as a lawmaker or leave the party, citing that his local supporters have encouraged him to stay on.

But the following day, Ishikawa conveyed his intention of leaving the party to party officials.

Opposition parties have submitted to parliament a resolution demanding that Ishikawa resign as a Diet member, although there will unlikely be a vote for it as the ruling bloc has been opposed to it.


First Published: Thursday, February 11, 2010, 19:30

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