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Several lawmakers consider quitting DP

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Several House of Representatives members of the Democratic Party are considering quitting the major Japanese opposition party due to their displeasure with its election cooperation with the Japanese Communist Party, sources familiar with the situation said.

These lower house members are expected to submit their letters of resignation to the DP as early as this week. “A decision to leave the party needs to be made within this week,” one of them said.

They are mainly members of an intraparty group once led by former Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, who quit the DP last month.

The possible defections will be another blow to DP leader Seiji Maehara after lower house member Shiori Yamao, who was once tapped for the post of DP secretary-general, resigned from the party amid allegations of an extramarital affair last week.

The possible defectors see it difficult for the DP to revive its fortunes under the leadership of Maehara.Speech

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