Return of the Liberal Democrats? Internal Divisions within the Democratic Party of Japan

Issue & Policy Briefs September 9, 2010, No. 34

The so-called ‘Shadow Shogun’ of Japanese politics, Ozawa Ichiro has thrown his hat into the ring again, this time declaring his intention to run for the top post of the Democratic Party of Japan a move that would make him Prime Minister in the upcoming September 14 election against current
leader Kan Naoto. Ozawa’s decision to run would not only be politically divisive but could continue the revolving door-like trend of Japanese Prime Ministers, making him the sixth PM since the end of the Koizumi administration only four short years ago in 2006.