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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Japan's 'shadow shogun' faces indictment over scandal

One of Japan's most powerful politicians, Ichiro Ozawa, is to be indicted over alleged financial corruption.
Known as the 'Shadow Shogun' for his political cunning, Mr Ozawa stands accused of a funding scandal involving a $5 million land deal.
Prosecutors allege three of Mr Ozawa's aides used a slush fund to launder money through the upscale Tokyo property, and it is claimed Mr Ozawa knew about it.
After earlier dropping the case against the ruling party politician, prosecutors have now been ordered by a review panel to indict Mr Ozawa.It is the first time in his 40-year career that he will face charges in a courtroom.
Prosecutors have indicted three of Ozawa's former aides and raided his offices in a widening probe into funding.

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