LDP wants Diet to summon Hatoyama's mom, Ozawa
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LDP wants Diet to summon Hatoyama's mom, Ozawa

Thursday 07th January, 03:34 PM JST

TOKYO —

The opposition Liberal Democratic Party will ask the Diet to summon Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s mother and his ruling party kingpin Ichiro Ozawa over their funds scandals, while seeking to oppose the government’s fiscal 2010 budget bill when the Diet opens later this month, party officials said Wednesday.

On Ozawa, secretary general of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan embroiled in alleged accounting irregularities, LDP Secretary General Tadamori Oshima said in an interview with Kyodo News, ‘‘We will have him come to the Diet and ask for an explanation if necessary’’ as an unsworn witness.

As for the government bill on the largest-ever 92 trillion yen budget for the year starting in April, Oshima said, ‘‘It is a budget for which we should assume great responsibility for the future, as government bond issues outnumber tax revenues. It takes some doing to accept it.’‘

LDP Diet affairs chief Jiro Kawasaki, meanwhile, suggested that Yasuko Hatoyama, other family members of the prime minister and the Hatoyama family’s portfolio manager also be summoned to the Diet as unsworn witnesses.

‘‘We need discussions to unravel suspicion’’ over the scandal, in which Hatoyama’s former secretary is charged with overstating individual donations while omitting contributions from his mother and sister in his political funds reports, Kawasaki said at a press conference Thursday morning.

The Diet is expected to convene for a 150-day ordinary session on Jan 18.

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