Monday’s Yomiuri reported on the first anniversary of the launch of the Democratic Party today, noting that the largest opposition party is still struggling to recover its support base despite desperate efforts by its leader Renho. Party officials are deeply concerned about the party’s failure to increase its public support even though more voters have apparently become distrustful of the Abe administration recently over the Moritomo Gakuen scandal. Renho’s critics claim that the fact that seven candidates who had planned to run in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election in the summer have left the DP to join the political group led by Tokyo Governor Koike shows that the No. 1 opposition party is bound to suffer major losses in the key race. They project that calls will mount among disgruntled lawmakers for the resignation of the embattled leader after the Tokyo election.