Jul. 13, 2012 - 06:42AM JST
Ichiro Ozawa, who launched a new political party on Wednesday with 50 other former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) members, on Thursday visited leaders of several opposition parties, looking for possible alliances.
Ozawa, 70, held talks with opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Sadakazu Tanigaki and Secretary-General Nobuteru Ishihara to explain his reasons for leaving the DPJ. TV Asahi reported that the meeting was light-hearted, even though both Tanigaki and Ishihara had repeatedly criticized Ozawa for opposing cross-party talks on social security and tax hike legislation.
Ozawa also met with the heads of Kizuna and two other opposition parties.