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Some 150 Diet members to join new opposition party 

  • September 4, 2020
  • , Asahi, Mainichi
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Asahi and Mainichi reported that nearly 150 parliamentarians, including over 100 Lower House members, are likely to join a new opposition party that will be launched officially on Sept. 15 as a result of the merger between the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) and the Democratic Party for the People (DPFP). Elections to choose the leader and name of the new party will be held on Sept. 10, with CDPJ leader Edano and DPFP’s policy chief Izumi expected to compete for the top spot.  

 

Some 20 lawmakers from the DPFP, including party leader Tamaki, are unlikely to join the new largest opposition party, and at least half of them are set to launch a separate party,  which will probably be named the DPFP. These politicians are fairly conservative and are reportedly displeased that the policy orientation of the emerging opposition party appears to be liberal. As the new DPFP will reportedly take a “centrist” approach and may seek partnership with the conservative-leaning Japan Innovation Party, lawmakers who plan to join the new large opposition party are concerned that some of them may have to compete with candidates fielded jointly by the rival parties in future elections.     

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