Get This Party Started

Hours after leading his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to a historic election victory, Ichiro Ozawa was nowhere to be seen. As the results rolled in the evening of July 29, tallying up the rising number of DPJ winners in Upper House races, Ozawa didn't appear at party headquarters, didn't speak to reporters, didn't even poke his head out to wave to his supporters. The official explanation was that the 65-year-old Ozawa — a former smoker who suffers from heart problems — was recovering from exhaustion after weeks of nonstop campaigning. It wasn't until nearly two days after the...

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