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Opposition parties postpone reaching conclusion on forming unified in-house group

  • August 16, 2019
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On Aug. 15, Yukio Edano, who leads the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), and Yuichiro Tamaki, who heads the Democratic Party for the People (DPFP), met at the National Diet building and discussed Edano’s proposal to create a unified in-house group in the Lower House. Edano had invited the DPFP to join the CDPJ in-house group in the Lower House on the condition of receiving their cooperation on such initiatives as seeking zero dependence on nuclear energy. Tamaki was forward-looking on the formation of an in-house group, but he did not mention individual policies. The parties deferred reaching a conclusion.

 

Regarding Edano’s proposal, Tamaki said that he “agrees with the aim of endeavoring to take over the reins of government by forming a strong opposition party bloc.” He suggested, however, that the parties enter into policy consultations, asking that they join forces not only in the Lower House but also in the Upper House.

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