One of the major topics of speculation among political observers nowadays is what course of action former internal affairs minister Kunio Hatoyama will take following his revolt against Prime Minister Taro Aso. He will have to make up his mind soon now that the date of the next general election has just been set for the end of August.

Since submitting his resignation June 12, he has consistently denied that he would leave the ruling Liberal Democratic Party or would consider forming his own political group. Very few, if any, political insiders take his words at face value.

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