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Ichigen koji 101

Posted by ampontan on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

一言居士
– A person who has something to say about everything

The important thing about the verdict (of not guilty for Ozawa Ichiro) is that the public now knows the fact that political funds are transferred in units of hundreds of millions of yen, and the fact that statements of income and expeditures for political funds can be made off the books to suit the politicians’ convenience. These facts are indisputable.

Because there was no direct evidence, I did not think it would be possible to prove there was collusion in the false bookkeeping entries. Therefore, the verdict is completely understandable and appropriate. But we can also assume that a report between former DPJ Secretary-General Ozawa Ichiro and his aide about the off-the-books transaction was acknowledged, so it cannot be said that (Mr. Ozawa) was completely innocent…The people will absolutely not view this as having been legal and proper.

– Takamura Kaoru, author and novelist, on last week’s Ozawa Ichiro verdict

Afterwords:

Please excuse my absence for the past week; the PC was on the verge of giving up the ghost, so that meant buying a new one, getting it set up, figuring out where they decided to hide the old familiar functions on the new model, and transferring a lot of files.

One Response to “Ichigen koji 101”

  1. So, he is guilty even if there is no evidence that he is?
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    Yes. Just as Hatoyama was guilty even though he skated for the same reason. His aides wouldn’t testify against him.

    Unless, of course, you know of any other politician of originally modest means who buys real estate with the equivalent of four million dollars in cash taken from his safe at home and placed in a box, without having done anything illegal. The aide did stipulate to that.

    – A.

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