Ozawa fled radiation, wife claims
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- Jun 24
The wife of former Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa has accused him of fleeing from Tokyo in fear of radiation shortly after the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
The 67-year-old wife of Ozawa, 70, questioned his qualifications as a politician in a letter addressed to supporters in Ozawa's constituency in Iwate Prefecture.
"I decided to divorce him because seeing him flee, abandoning the people who supported him so much in their hour of greatest hardship, I knew he would not be beneficial to Iwate Prefecture or Japan," she wrote.
The letter in question was carried in a weekly magazine in mid-June and copies have circulated among DPJ lawmakers. The letter caused some lawmakers to distrust Ozawa and will likely affect his move to form a new party after leaving the DPJ.
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