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Ichiro Ozawa’s announcement that he will resign as leader of the Democratic Party of Japan has so far had no significant impact on the upcoming general election, a Kyodo survey suggested Tuesday.

In a telephone poll conducted Monday and Tuesday, 65.5 percent of the 1,024 respondents said Ozawa’s resignation as DPJ chief over a political fundraising scandal has come too late, with only 24.7 percent agreeing that his stated reason for stepping down — to enhance party solidarity to win the election and form a government — was convincing.

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