MOKA, TOCHIGI PREF. – Ruling Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa criticized Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s plan to double the sales tax at a meeting Saturday in Moka, Tochigi Prefecture, as he publicly spoke for the first time since his acquittal Thursday in a political funds case before the Tokyo District Court.
Ozawa did not touch on the court’s ruling, which found him not guilty of conspiring to falsify financial reports. The general lawyers who served as prosecutors against him have yet to decide whether to appeal.
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