The split is on. I. Ozawa leads 50 lawmakers to quit the Democrats.
He got 38 in the Lower House and 12 in the Upper to go with him. Says he's "considering" forming a new party. un huh. considering. sure thing.
He still needs 16 more defectors from the DPJ in the Lower House to bring down the government, but the jobs of obstructing the Consumption Tax hike in the Upper House and then preventing a supermajority in the Lower House to override the Upper just got a whole lot easier. Maybe even possible.
Politics. It's a nasty business at the best of times. That understood... let's go make some sausage.
We've got an economy to save.