2 Major Japan Opposition Parties to Form Unified Caucuses

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press)--The leaders of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the largest opposition party in the nation, and the second-largest Democratic Party for the People agreed Tuesday to establish a unified caucus in each of the two chambers of the Diet, Japan's parliament.

Meeting on the day, CDPJ chief Yukio Edano and DPFP head Yuichiro Tamaki confirmed that they will aim to swiftly obtain understanding for the move from members of their respective parties.

The move is also expected to be joined by a House of Representatives group calling for rebuilding the nation's social security system, which is led by former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

The envisioned caucus in the Lower House is likely to have 117 members, and that in the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, 60 members.

Edano and Tamaki aim to form the caucuses before the Diet is convened into an extraordinary session possibly this autumn.

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