Tokyo, Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)–Up to 150 lawmakers may join a new party to be created through the planned merger of the Democratic Party for the People and the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.
On Wednesday, the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo, the biggest supporter of the two opposition parties, decided to require DPFP and CDPJ lawmakers fielded by Rengo member labor unions to take part in the new party.
DPFP leader Yuichiro Tamaki on Tuesday said the party would split into members who would merge with the CDPJ and those who would not.
Among the DPFP lawmakers, many members of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, are eager to join the new party.
Many independent lawmakers belonging to the major opposition parliament group that includes the two parties are also ready to enter the new party.