Democratic Party of Japan powerbroker Ichirō Ozawa announces a leadership challenge to the Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan with a ballot to be held on September 14.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announces he will dissolve the House of Representatives of the Diet on Friday after the ruling DPJ government and opposition LDP come to an agreement regarding a reduction of seats in the House. A general election is scheduled for December 16.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announces that the ruling Democratic Party of Japan has reached an agreement with the opposition Liberal Democratic and New Komeito parties to pass a bill that will raise Japan's consumption tax rate. This will "shortly" be followed by dissolution of the Diet and a snap election, although no timetable has been set.
A Japanese judicial panel calls for charges against top Democratic Party (DPJ) figure Ichirō Ozawa. [https:--www.bbc.co.uk-news-world-asia-pacific-11464313 (BBC)] [http:--www.bangkokpost.com-news-asia-199605-japan-hadow-shogun-faces-funding-scandal-case ("Bangkok Post")]date=August 2019