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Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa admitted Monday that Emperor Akihito’s exceptional meeting with a senior Chinese official was not an act of state affairs that required the Cabinet’s advice and approval, but he maintained that the Cabinet still decides who he will meet.

The ruling party kingpin had earlier denied that the Emperor’s hurriedly arranged meeting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping last Tuesday constituted political exploitation, saying if that were the case then all of his acts of state affairs, made with the Cabinet’s advice and approval, should be consider political exploitation.

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