October 13, 2008

Japanese Opposition Leader Discharged From Hospital

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo

Tokyo, Oct. 13 Kyodo - Ichiro Ozawa, president of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, was discharged from a Tokyo hospital Monday after a weeklong treatment for complications from a cold, a DPJ official said.

Since he was hospitalized Oct. 6, the 66-year-old DPJ chief repeatedly left the hospital for political activities, including attending a Diet session and appearing on a TV programme, and returned at night.

Observers say Ozawa apparently wanted to avoid creating an image that he has health problems.

Originally published by Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, in English 1026 13 Oct 08.

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