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Old timer maps blueprint for the DPJ revolution

Date Posted: 2009-09-02

Ichiro Ozawa isnít a headlines maker, and isnít well known to most of Japanís citizens. Heís a powerful political party figure who many are calling the father of the Democratic Party of Japanís revolutionary victory last Sunday.

Ozawa has spent his life in Japanese politics, shunning the spotlight and the media for the most part, following the steps of his politician father in Iwate Prefegure, where he learned the art of political dealing and manipulation. Until 1993, Ozawa was a key figure in the Liberal Democratic Party which, until last Sunday, had ruled Japan for all but 11 months since 1955.

He wrote ďBlueprint for a New JapanĒ in 1993, while a senior leader in the LDP, a document that called for the government to allocate and spend government money fairly and equitably, and to listen to the opposition. He believed in Japanís economic future, and proposed his country become a player on the world stage, shaking free of its post-World War II trappings of being dependent on the United States.

Ozawa left the LDP in 1993, shortly after writing his manifesto, convinced the LDP wasnít personifying Japanís needs. He was an individualist for a decade before joining the DPJ six years ago, teaching his political cohorts how to build an election organization that would incorporate new technologies and attitudes with the time-proven systems of dealing with people. Accused of illegal fundraising activities, he faded from the public spotlight but has continued to be the guiding hand of party officials.

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