“He’s popular in public opinion polls” but he’s not Ozawa’s friend, so that’s the end of that.

Maehara had booked a 300-seat Diet conference room for a rally that afternoon, hoping to build an early head of steam. But only about 40 lawmakers showed up.

“He’s popular in public opinion polls, but support for hims isn’t catching on among Diet members,” said one lawmaker in his group, with an air of frustration.

via 2011/08/27 04:30 – DPJ’s ‘Escape From Ozawa,’ Part III.