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Japan opposition talks exclude JCP, include Nippon Ishin

Tokyo, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)–Japanese opposition parties held a meeting under a new framework on Monday, with the Japanese Communist Party excluded while Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) newly included.

 

The meeting was attended by acting parliamentary affairs chiefs from the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the Democratic Party for the People and a group of independents, as well as Nippon Ishin.

 

They plan to regularly hold talks under the new framework during the ongoing session of the Diet, the country’s parliament.

 

The previous opposition framework for regular talks had brought together the CDP, the DPFP, the JCP and the Social Democratic Party until last autumn’s House of Representatives election,

 

The JCP is opposing the new framework, potentially affecting cooperation between it and the CDP for this summer’s House of Councillors election.

 

According to the CDP’s Soichiro Okuno, the CDP proposed a framework that includes the JCP, but others including the DPFP were negative about such a framework.

 

Okuno revealed that the CDP separately held talks with the JCP the same day. “We absolutely do not intend to leave out the JCP,” he said.

 

But at a press conference, Akira Koike, head of the JCP secretariat, expressed doubt about the CDP’s stance.

 

“If we treat Nippon Ishin as an opposition party and cooperate with it, the foundation of the opposition camp will be questioned,” Koike said.

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