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Two opposition parties to merge

All papers reported that Democratic Party for the People (DPFP) leader Tamaki and Liberal Party leader Ozawa agreed yesterday to merge their parties in a bid to boost their parties’ profile in the opposition camp amid the growing presence of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ). Although the new party will become the largest opposition force in the Upper House, some DPFP politicians are cautious about the planned merger on account of the Liberal Party’s policy goal of “breaking away from nuclear energy.” The dailies explained that the DPFP leadership headed by Tamaki has been deeply concerned about the party’s performance in the Upper House election this summer because public support for the second largest opposition party remains close to 1%.

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