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In a bid for a merger of the four parties in the Minyuren parliamentary group, former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa on March 9 proposed that the Democratic Party of Japan, the largest of the four, effectively absorb the three others to create a new party.

Hosokawa’s proposal, which calls for the new group to retain the DPJ name, is aimed at changing the reluctance of DPJ leaders to go along with the proposal.

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