On the last day of 2008, Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa showed up at an event held in Tokyo’s Akihabara district — home to Prime Minister Taro Aso’s “otaku” geeks fan base — apparently to steal some of Aso’s thunder.

Ozawa appeared on a live Internet talk show that 10,000 people could simultaneously watch on the Nico Nico Douga Web site, run by Niwango Inc.

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