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Japan's DP, Party of Hope Broadly Agree to Form Diet Group

Japan's DP, Party of Hope Broadly Agree to Form Diet Group

   Tokyo, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)--Executives of the Democratic Party and the Party of Hope reached a broad agreement on Sunday to form a parliamentary group between the two Japanese opposition parties.
   At a meeting in a Tokyo hotel, DP Secretary-General Teruhiko Mashiko and his counterpart at the Party of Hope, Motohisa Furukawa, broadly agreed that their parties will create a parliamentary group in both chambers of the Diet.
   The two parties will start internal procedures to launch the alliance, ahead of the start of the ordinary Diet session set for Jan. 22. But the procedures may not progress smoothly because some members of both parties oppose such alliance.
   The DP and the Party of Hope were adjusting their views on basic policy issues after the DP proposed forming a parliamentary group.
   The key thorny issue was national security laws enforced in 2016. The DP regarded part of the laws as unconstitutional, while the Party of Hope fully tolerated the laws.

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