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INTERVIEW: CDPJ-Led New Lower House Group Squaring Off against Abe Administration

INTERVIEW: CDPJ-Led New Lower House Group Squaring Off against Abe Administration

   Tokyo, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--A newly formed parliamentary group led by the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan will face off Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government and the ruling coalition in debates at the House of Representatives, Jun Azumi, the CDPJ's parliamentary affairs chief, said in a recent interview.
   "I hope the 120-member group will help put an end to Abe's dominance in politics," Azumi said in the interview with Jiji Press ahead of Friday's opening of the extraordinary Diet session.
   The group comprises Lower House members from the CDPJ, the Democratic Party for the People and two other opposition forces as well as independents.
   "To begin with, the group will face the administration of Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party," he said. "If we go all out to speak for people and punish the government, I'm sure people will count on the opposition bloc."
   Azumi expressed intention of grilling the government particularly over the nuclear power plant-linked gift scandal at Kansai Electric Power Co. <9503>.

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