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JCP chief to consider DP cooperation

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press)—Japanese Communist Party chief Kazuo Shii has indicated that the party will carefully consider election cooperation with the Democratic Party.

“We can join hands [with the DP] if DP members act in line with past agreements” between the two opposition parties, he told a press conference on Sunday, held after a two-day general meeting of the JCP’s Central Committee.

Meanwhile, Shii denied the possibility of his party cooperating in elections with Kibo no To (Party of Hope), which tolerates the country’s national security legislation.

At the general meeting, the Central Committee unanimously adopted a report by a panel of executives stipulating the JCP’s policy of fully developing collaboration with other opposition parties for the 2019 election for the House of Councillors.

Under the leadership of its former chief Renho, the DP agreed with the JCP to block a revision of pacifist Article 9 of the Constitution, envisaged by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and to work for scrapping the national security laws, which took effect last year.

After Renho resigned as DP leader to take responsibility for the party’s setback in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election on July 2 this year, her successor, Seiji Maehara, tried to have DP members seeking reelection to the House of Representatives run in the Oct. 22 general election for the all-important lower house on tickets of Kibo.Speech

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