Tension ratcheted up a few notches at Democratic Party of Japan headquarters this week when prosecutors raided DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa’s office in connection with a shady Tokyo land purchase by the kingpin’s fund management body.

Wasting no time in capitalizing on the scandal, the Liberal Democratic Party trotted out a former secretary in Ozawa’s camp to air comments the party leader allegedly made to cover up his misdeeds.

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