At least two Shinshinto lawmakers will follow former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa in leaving the largest opposition party.

Shinji Tarutoko and Kodo Kohata, Lower House members formerly of the defunct Japan New Party, said June 19 that they will soon leave Shinshinto. They made the remarks during a meeting of Hoyu-kai, a Shinshinto faction consisting of 19 former JNP members.

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