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Speculation that the Democratic Party of Japan is being criticized for obscuring the roles of the Cabinet and influential DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa is groundless, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano said Friday.

Speaking in a joint interview with media outlets, Hatoyama’s right-hand man insisted that dual power in policymaking between the Cabinet and Ozawa will not become an issue. Ozawa is widely suspected of having greater sway than Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who doubles as DPJ president.

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