Japanese PM grilled at Diet over funding scandals
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 15:55
Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama faced fierce grilling Tuesday by opposition lawmakers over funds scandals involving him and his ruling party's no. 2, Ichiro Ozawa, during parliamentary deliberations.

In a plenary session at the House of Representatives, Tadamori Oshima, secretary general of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party, demanded that Ozawa of the Democratic Party of Japan appear at the Diet to provide an account on his funding scandal that led to the arrests of three people close to him.

Oshima also said, "The DPJ's ability to cleanse itself is being questioned," arguing that the governing party has the responsibility to clarify the scandals.

But Hatoyama responded that the case concerning Ozawa is under investigation by prosecutors and the task of clarifying the affair should be left in the hands of investigative authorities.

He also reiterated that he would not intervene into prosecutors' investigations, saying, "I have no intention of exercising my command rights" as head of the administrative body.

Hatoyama made the remarks in response to a question by Oshima, in which he asked what exactly Hatoyama's recent remarks, which were widely construed as recommending that Ozawa fight against the prosecutors to clear his name, had meant.


First Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 15:55

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