Prime Minister Kan won a small majority among DPJ party lawmakers and was a convincing winner among local DPJ politicians and party members.
Ozawa's alleged involvement in a political funding scandal was likely to have told with disgruntled party members.
Japan's economy is still stalled as the yen hit a new 15-year high against the dollar today. Kan favors a rise in Japan's consumption tax, presently set at 5%, to help curb a Greek-style debt crisis.
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