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Simon Foston’s Feb. 23 letter, “DPJ can do without some people,” seems intent on spreading the image that some Democratic Party of Japan lawmakers support former DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa just for money and that Ozawa is to blame for the DPJ’s recent election losses.

When it comes to buying support, I wonder how much money the Kan administration has wasted from the Cabinet Secretariat’s classified fund, or from taxes, on media control. In December, for example, it was reported that Prime Minister Naoto Kan dined with senior editors from three major Japanese dailies at a sumptuous tofu restaurant.

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