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Revelations that Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama received ¥900 million from his mother — allegedly as a loan — has put the Democratic Party of Japan on the defensive, as opposition parties, the ex-long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party in particular, seek to grill the fledgling administration over the dubious funding.

Although many criticize Hatoyama as the heir of a political dynasty who lacks common sense, they also acknowledge he is likely to emerge from the scandal relatively unscathed.

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