Dow Jones reported that Ichiro Ozawa was “ready to take on” Naoto Kan. Of course, he said this right as the G8 summit began. This was not a coincidence. This was a message. Japan wanted the rest of the world to know that Kan might soon be replaced. Japan wanted the rest of the world to know that Kan was in no position to make any concession on any issue. If Kan were to make some concessions to the international community, that would give his opponents the ammunition they needed to take him down.
Ooh, those sneaky treacherous guys. They really take the cake.