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In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, Ichiro Ozawa, power broker of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, bites his lips during a press conference in Tokyo. Prosecuting lawyers Wednesday, May 9, 2012, appealed a lower court acquittal of Ozawa in a funding scandal. The appeal prolongs the veteran lawmaker's status as criminal defendant for months, if not years. The Tokyo District Court last month found Ozawa not guilty of violating political funding law related to a 2004 land deal. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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