Former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) president and political heavy-weight Ichiro Ozawa has been divorced by his wife, and an 11 page letter written by her reveals that the “shadow shogun” fled from Tokyo last March out of fear of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear crisis. The Shukan Bunshun news weekly has a copy of the letter written by Kazuko Ozawa, which was sent to the politician’s supporters last November. She writes that Japan’s politicians must be the first to stand up when the nation faces a catastrophe, but all Ozawa did was run away in fear.
The Shukan Bunshun posted the first page of the letter on their website, and all 11 pages in their printed magazine, and the handwriting is large enough to be read clearly, with only a few names blacked out. Kazuko describes how she saw her then-husband abandon his supporters in his home of Iwate Prefecture, and how she came to realize that he was not a good person for Japan. In the letter, she writes that she divorced Ozawa, but does not specify when.
The letter says that on March 16th of 2011, five days after the earthquake and tsunami struck, Kazuko was notified by one of Ozawa’s secretaries at their home in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward that the politician had instructed his aides to move their families away. After receiving confidential information about the radiation, the secretary said that Ozawa would be leaving as well, and Kazuko and her sons should find somewhere to go. She refused, and Ozawa locked himself inside their home until leaving on March 25th. She doesn’t know where he went, but after the news media began to wonder where he was, he showed up at the Iwate Prefectural Government building on March 28th.
Kazuko also says that she was mistreated in her marriage to Ozawa, and that he repeatedly threatened to divorce her at anytime. He was supposedly in love with another women who could never marry because of her background. Kazuko closes with saying that she is ashamed of helping a man who had no intention of helping or grieving for the loss of people in his hometown.
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