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New Democratic Party of Japan President Yukio Hatoyama officially launched his executive lineup Tuesday, with Katsuya Okada, his rival in the party leadership race, as secretary general and former DPJ boss Ichiro Ozawa as deputy party chief in charge of election strategy.

Retaining Ozawa in a key post despite his May 11 exit due to the indictment of his top aide in a shady political donations scandal has already drawn criticism not only from the ruling camp but also from some members within the DPJ.

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