Opposition Caucuses to Be Formed in Extra Diet Session

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--The biggest opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the second-largest Democratic Party for the People and an opposition parliamentary group agreed Thursday to establish a unified caucus in each of the two chambers of the Diet, Japan's parliament, in time for an extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Oct. 4.

The agreement was reached when CDPJ chief Yukio Edano, DPFP head Yuichiro Tamaki and Yoshihiko Noda, chief of the House of Representatives group calling for rebuilding the nation's social security system, held a meeting on Thursday morning.

The planned caucuses of the three forces, all linked to the now-defunct Democratic Party, will have a total of over 170 members.

Edano met the press jointly with Tamaki and Noda to announce their final agreement on the launch of the joint caucuses in the upcoming extra Diet session.

After that, the three forces held a meeting of their senior officials to exchange opinions about the name of the joint caucuses and other topics.

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