Okay, that headline is a bit premature.... But mark my words... The groundwork is done. Ichiro Ozawa is about to become Japan's next prime minister. Today the guy won his court case and was "not guilty" in a scandal that has had people announce his political death over and over and over...
But, like a cockroach, darn if that guy just won't die!
Ozawa (left) Noda (right)... Seriously, which guy even looks like a winning politician scum? (Hint: It's the guy smirking - he chuckles at you!)
As I predicted in my post of April 23, 2012, "100% of Japanese Public Surveyed Against Sales Tax Increase - Noda is Toast":
Noda is out on his a*s by July. Mark my words.
Look for Ichiro Ozawa to be Japan's next prime minister. When that happens, all bets are off the table. (But it can't be any worse than what we have now!)
The news comes out today that Ozawa has been conveniently exonerated for wrong doing in a funding scandal that has dragged him down for years. This now sets the stage for his total and complete political reformation and fits him in nicely to be Japan's next prime minister. Japan Today reports in Ozawa found not guilty in fund scandal:
Former Democratic Party of Japan leader Ichiro Ozawa, one of the most powerful men in Japanese politics, was found not guilty Thursday of a major funding scandal, paving the way for a possible showdown with the ruling party leadership.
Ozawa, 69, was cleared by the Tokyo District Court of allegations he conspired with aides to hide 400 million yen he lent to his political funding body in 2004 for a land deal.
His aides had said the mistake was purely technical and their boss—who engineered the party’s 2009 election victory—had not been aware of it.
Prosecutors, who came unstuck over the use of illegal evidence, said it was “unthinkable” Ozawa had not been in the loop.
Major TV networks cleared their schedules to report the verdict, with a huge media presence at the court for a case that has gripped Japan’s political classes for years.
The timing is just too perfect. Talk about being resurrected from the dead just in time for elections (Nah! The courts wouldn't be politically motivated, would they? Nah!!! Couldn't be!!! Say it ain't so, Joe!) And isn't it, by the way, a requirement of Japan's office of the prime minister to be accused of some sort of scandal and money laundering hijinks?
Besides becoming Japan's next prime minister by July 2012 at the latest, I predict that Ozawa will be a prime minister who stays on office for at least three years and, in spite of his corrupt background as a politician (but I repeat myself) will be "better" than any of these clowns that we've had over the last 5 years.... (Actually how could anyone be worse?)
I also predict that he will have enough support to go back on his promises and actually raise sales tax.
Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss (just a lot more slick!) Ozawa the next Japanese prime minister by July 15, 2012.
I'd bet an entire case of donuts of that one.