Ex-DPJ leader Ozawa to form new party as early as next week.
TOKYO, July 4 Kyodo
Political heavyweight heavyweight - High-overhead; baroque; code-intensive; featureful, but costly. Especially used of communication protocols, language designs, and any sort of implementation in which maximum generality and/or ease of implementation has been pushed at the expense of mundane Ichiro Ozawa and 47 lawmakers close to him held a meeting Wednesday to prepare for the planned launch of a new party as early as next week, following their departure from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan in protest at the government's sales tax sales tax, levy on the sale of goods or services, generally calculated as a percentage of the selling price, and sometimes called a purchase tax. It is usually collected in the form of an extra charge by the retailer, who remits the tax to the government. hike proposal.
"This time, we will set up a government that can live up to the expectations (of the public) by demonstrating our enthusiasm and faith," Ozawa told the lawmakers, 35 from the lower house and 12 from the upper chamber, who formally chose Ozawa to lead the new party.
Ozawa, who is credited with leading the DPJ DPJ Democratic Party of Japan
DPJ Département de la Protection de la Jeunesse to power in 2009, said he believes a general election is coming "very soon" and urged them to make the necessary preparations. He also asked the lawmakers to jointly think up the name of the new party.
Ozawa has said he wants the new party to focus on opposing the tax hike bill and abandoning nuclear power generation.
As of late Wednesday, the latest addition to Ozawa and his allies is lower house member Gaku Kato who tendered his resignation to the DPJ after his party membership was suspended sus·pend
v. sus·pend·ed, sus·pend·ing, sus·pends
1. To bar for a period from a privilege, office, or position, usually as a punishment: suspend a student from school. for two months because he voted against the tax hike bill.
The departure of Ozawa was triggered by the lower house passage last week of a set of controversial bills for social security and tax reforms, centering on a plan to double the 5 percent consumption tax rate by 2015, which passed with the backing of the DPJ and the two main opposition parties.
Ozawa and his supporters decided to leave the DPJ after the lower house passage, arguing that the tax hike plan reneges on the DPJ's policy pledges in the 2009 general election.