The Shadow Warrior Who Could Soon Be Boss In Japan

When Japan's reform government fell to an unlikely Liberal Democratic Party-Socialist alliance last June 29, many people thought Ichiro Ozawa, the reformers' mastermind, was finished. But Ozawa kept plugging away at his long-term strategy for restructuring Japanese politics. In just a few months, he has orchestrated a merger of nine opposition groups into a potentially formidable organization called the New Frontier Party.

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