Yukio Hatoyama, coleader of the Democratic Party of Japan, said June 23 that he will seek cooperation with former prime ministers Morihiro Hosokawa and Tsutomu Hata toward forming a liberal force to counter a possible conservative alliance between the Liberal Democratic Party and Shinshinto.

Hosokawa left Shinshinto on June 18, citing pessimism over the future of the largest opposition party, which is led by Ichiro Ozawa. Hata left Shinshinto in late December and formed the Taiyo Party with 12 colleagues. “I would like to meet with Mr. Hosokawa and Mr. Hata this week or next week to talk about the issue,” Hatoyama said. “Mr. Ozawa seems to be seeking a way to form a huge conservative force with the LDP, which I think would go counter to current reform efforts,” he told a regular news conference.

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