High court upholds acquittal of political heavyweight Ozawa
TOKYO, Nov. 12, Kyodo
The Tokyo High Court upheld on Monday a lower court ruling that acquitted Ichiro Ozawa, one of the most powerful lawmakers in Japan, of involvement in false reporting of political funds, paving the way for a possible revival of his political fortunes.
The ruling on Ozawa, who formed a new opposition party in July after leaving Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's governing party, could have a major impact on the Japanese political scene ahead of the next general election.
The high court cleared the 70-year-old veteran lawmaker of conspiring with former aides who have already been convicted by a lower court of falsifying figures in reports by Ozawa's Rikuzankai political funds management body, citing a lack of evidence.