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Former DP lawmakers to form new political group, join new party with Party of Hope

Former Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism Sumio Mabuchi, who ran and lost in the House of Representatives election last year as a Party of Hope candidate, announced on his blog on April 2 that he is planning to form a group called “Ichigan no Kai” consisting of some 30 former Democratic Party (DP) Diet members who lost their seats. Mabuchi will head this group and a general meeting to launch the group will be held in Tokyo in mid-April. This group is considering joining the new party that the DP is planning to form with the Party of Hope.


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