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CDPJ leader Edano seeks cooperation with smaller opposition parties

  • August 6, 2019
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All national dailies wrote that Yukio Edano, the leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), proposed on Monday to Yuichiro Tamaki, the leader of the Democratic Party For the People (DPFP), the formation of a joint parliamentary group in the Lower House to counter the overwhelming majority of the ruling bloc. Edano reportedly made the same proposal to a smaller Diet group of independent lawmakers led by former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. The papers speculated that although Edano had been negative about the idea of political parties setting aside their policy differences and forming a joint group, he has shifted his policy and is now willing to join forces with other groups in view of his party’s poor performance in the Upper House election in July. The membership of the new group would total 117 as opposed to the current CDPJ membership of 70. However, the papers speculated that coordination between the two largest opposition parties could be difficult because of their different views on the use of nuclear power.

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