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Japan Opposition Parties to Create Unified Caucuses in Diet

Japan Opposition Parties to Create Unified Caucuses in Diet

   Tokyo, Aug. 20 (Jiji Press)--The leaders of the two biggest opposition parties in Japan agreed on Tuesday to establish a unified caucus in each chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.
   Yukio Edano, head of the largest opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, and Yuichiro Tamaki, head of the second-largest opposition Democratic Party for the People, met and agreed to swiftly earn their respective party members' understanding of the move.
   A group in the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, calling for rebuilding the social security system, which is led by former Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, is also expected to join the coalition.
   Edano proposed on Aug. 5 to unify the two parties' caucuses in the Lower House, under the condition that the DPFP agree to cooperate on energy policies and a policy to allow married couples to use separate surnames, two key issues for the CDPJ.
   The two parties had been negotiating conditions for the unified caucus behind the scenes, with the DPFP demanding the creation of a unified caucus in not only the Lower House but also the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, aiming to get on an equal footing with the larger opposition party.

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