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Wednesday, 12th May 2010
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Ozawa to be questioned over funding scandal

Ichiro Ozawa, a member of the ruling party of Japan, is to be questioned by those looking into a political funding scandal in the country, it has been reported.

According to a Kyodo News report cited by Reuters, prosecutors want to speak to the secretary general of the ruling party after a judicial panel ruled that he should face charges over his role in the funding scandal.

Ozawa has already been questioned by prosecutors twice, the source noted.

Reuters noted that despite a fall in popularity, with many Japanese voters feeling that his "image as an old-style fixer has become a liability", Ozawa has so far refused to step down from his position.

He is useful within the part for his influence and skills in coming up with successful campaign strategies, it noted.

The investigation into funding is looking at alleged bribe payments to high-ranking members of the party, given by construction firms.

Written by Mark Smith.