"You can't catch him? More like, you can't be bothered to catch him, right? You never bothered trying to catch that culprit who killed mom...that goddamn Owada!"
Jyun Owada is a character from Persona 5 Strikers.
- Persona 5 Strikers: Major Character
Jyun Owada isn't much different from Masayoshi Shido in terms of ignorance and malice. His connections with Shido made him above the law and police force, allowing him to evade law enforcement and frame his underlings for his crimes.
By the time of the game, he was requesting multiple Change of Hearts from Akira Konoe so he can become Shido's successor, and he was also receiving bribes from Madicce. What sets him apart and prevents him from being actually threatening is that he doesn't have any power or backing while Konoe clearly does, allowing Konoe to take advantage of his ignorance to advance his goal. He also has less control over the police unlike Shido, allowing Kaburagi and Zenkichi to turn on him as soon as they see fit.
Persona 5 Strikers
Owada is a corrupt politician who is on his tenth term as a legislator in the National Diet and the current Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan. He also lobbied for Shido's campaign before and is attempting to compete for Prime Minister. In order to fulfill his goals, he cooperated with Konoe to remove his political opponents (many of them being scandal-ridden politicians themselves), with the former mayor of Sapporo being one of them. Police officers suspected of opposing Owada also had their hearts changed by Konoe, and all of the victims happened to set foot in Osaka where Konoe's Jail is located. The officers Konoe brainwashed ended up assisting Owada, ensuring Konoe's Operation Oraculi goes completely unopposed.
Two years prior to the event of Strikers, Owada killed Aoi Hasegawa in a hit-and-run accident while drunk. Owada evaded arrest by framing his secretary, who died soon after (it is unclear whether the secretary's death was suicide or murder). Aoi's daughter Akane witnessed Owada causing the accident, prompting Aoi's husband Zenkichi, a police officer, to push for a more thorough investigation. However, Owada forced Zenkichi to cease his investigations, first by using his connections to halt Zenkichi's progress and then sending a threat against Akane's life. The aftermath of the incident damaged the relationship between Zenkichi and his daughter, and led Akane to develop a distrust for law enforcement.
Owada and the Commissioner General of the National Police Agency (who was brainwashed by Konoe) bribe Commissioner Miyako Kaburagi with a promotion to capture the Phantom Thieves. Konoe orders such after calling them terrorists on national television for hacking into EMMA and killing the Okinawa Jail's Monarch, Shuzo Ubukata. In reality, both claims are fabrications and are simply used to justify his crusade, as Konoe is only using Owada because he will be the only one who enforces justice via EMMA. Kaburagi, while having second thoughts, is determined to enforce justice. This was foiled when Zenkichi used himself as a decoy and Sae Niijima freed him due to a lack of hard evidence, among other oversights. Upon hearing the failure, Konoe turned to EMMA for advice. She told him not to rely on police to catch the Phantom Thieves, and advises him to use "a Jail owned by the Phantom Thieves' associate" to capture them. Konoe agrees with her proposal, putting Akane in the crossfire while being kept ignorant about Akane by EMMA.
After Konoe's Change of Heart, Owada attempts to do damage control to remove any links back to himself. It becomes apparent that the police and other officials were only collaborating with Owada because Konoe had stolen their Desires. The Commissioner General acts as if they've never even met, shocking him.
During the epilogue, Kaburagi and Zenkichi arrest him for multiple charges, including accepting bribes from Madicce, tax evasion, vehicular manslaughter and its subsequent coverup. Suspicions also rose that he supported a treasonous group that terrorized Japan two years ago and had ordered the secretary's murder. With his arrest and the Conspiracy officially labeled as an Antisocial Force, his plan of being Shido's successor becomes null and void.
Jyun (純) means "pure" in Japanese and Owada (大和田) could mean "big rice field of peace."