CDPJ Leader Proposes Merger of Japanese Opposition Parties

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)--Yukio Edano, head of the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, on Friday proposed a merger with other major Japanese opposition parties to form a strong force that can compete with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc.

Edano made the proposal at a meeting with Democratic Party for the People leader Yuichiro Tamaki and Social Democratic Party chief Seiji Mataichi.

"What is required is a powerful party capable of replacing the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito and assuming power," Edano told them.

"To face off against the Abe administration in a stronger way and take over power at the next general election, I want you to work with us," the CDPJ leader said.

In response, Tamaki and Mataichi said they would consider the proposal with members of their respective parties.

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