• Ishikari-gun, Hokkaido

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The arrest of Democratic Party of Japan party leader Ichiro Ozawa’s secretary reminds me of what happened to Malaysia’s de facto opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, who was arrested in 1999 and again last year under sodomy laws.

In my country, Thailand, lese-majeste laws have become a tool used by parties to eliminate political rivals. Thus I can’t help suspect that what happens to Ozawa now is politically motivated.

I have always envied Japan for its mature democracy and do not want to see such tricks being used in this country. In my opinion, Ozawa’s decision to remain as the DPJ party leader should be commended because he helps prevent such tricks from being applied to destabilize Japan’s democracy.

werewan manakul

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