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Ruling parties assess influence of new opposition party as “limited”

The ruling parties reacted coolly to the newly formed Democratic Party for the People (DPFP) because it only has around 60 members and will only be the second largest opposition party. They think that “the new party’s influence will be limited.”


Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai told a news conference on May 7: “Since they say they are going in a new direction, we will watch closely,” indicating the LDP will observe how the DPFP handles Diet affairs.


Komeito Diet Affairs Committee Chairman Yoshinori Oguchi also remarked, “The people expect this party to hold lively debate on ideology and policies.”


However, many Party of Hope and Democratic Party (DP) members either did not join the new party or dropped out of their parties before the DPFP was formed. A senior LDP official noted smugly, “I’ve never seen members bolt right before a new party is formed. This is a unique case.”

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