Japan's two biggest opposition parties to join forces in Diet
Japan Today -- Aug 22
Japan's two largest opposition parties said Tuesday they will form a joint group in both houses of the Diet in an attempt to challenge the ruling bloc's dominance.

Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Edano and Yuichiro Tamaki, who heads the Democratic Party for the People, agreed on the plan during a meeting roughly one month after an upper house election that saw the ruling bloc secure a solid win.

After intraparty procedures are complete, the two parties will step up cooperation from an extraordinary Diet session this fall.

"We are making the first step toward becoming an alternative to the LDP," Tamaki told reporters after the meeting, referring to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party.

In Japan, it is customary for each political party to have a parliamentary group in each house of the Diet.

The opposition leaders had held a series of talks to work out a plan since early August when Tamaki expressed his hope of forming a joint parliamentary group to prepare for the next lower house election.

Despite the envisaged formation of a unified parliamentary group in the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors, uncertainty remains over how much the two opposition parties can coordinate their policies.

News source: Japan Today
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