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Shinshinto, the largest opposition party, is losing another member, it was announced July 11.

Kenji Kitahashi, the first member of the now-defunct Japan Democratic Socialist Party to leave Shinshinto, expressed to the party his intention to leave, but the Shinshinto secretary general has refused to accept his letter of resignation. Kitahashi told a news conference in Tokyo that he regrets that his letter was not accepted, but that his determination to quit the party will not change.

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