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Two more members of Shinshinto said Monday that they are leaving the largest opposition party, becoming the first politicians to defect since Ichiro Ozawa was re-elected party chief last week.

Upper House member Yoriko Madoka announced her intention to leave the party, saying she will join a new party to be created by former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa if her resignation is accepted. Masahiro Koga, a Lower House member of the party, was expected to officially announce his plan to quit the party later in the afternoon.

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