March 24th, 2009 in Breaking News, The Elite

Japan opposition leader’s aide indicted in scandal.

TOKYO – Prosecutors charged a top aide to Japan’s opposition leader Tuesday in connection with a political donations scandal, but the lawmaker said he would stay on as party chief and continue his quest to become the country’s next prime minister.

Ichiro Ozawa, the head of the Democratic Party of Japan, said he still believed he and his aide have not broken any laws. But he apologized for causing the concerns because of the scandal.

The scandal is seen as a major setback to Japan’s largest opposition party, which is surging in popularity polls and is seen by many as being in a position to oust the country’s long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the next general election. The Liberal Democrats have ruled Japan for most of the past 50 years.