I’m still not convinced that Mr. Ozawa — a bull in a china shop if I’ve ever seen one — is the man to walk the tightrope between being an opposition party and cooperating with the LDP on matters of mutual concern. But the DPJ chiefs evidently think differently.
Perhaps it’s time for the DPJ to consider its own (formal) factions, as a way to ensure that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again. If Mr. Ozawa was obliquely trying to make the case for factional politics, he succeeded admirably. Think about it: a stable of leaders who can step in at a moment’s notice, institutionalized jockeying for power, and checks on the party leader.