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After a day of confusion, secretaries general of the ruling alliance agreed March 27 that their three parties will resume talks on a newly proposed legislative measure to crack down on influence-peddling.

SDP Secretary General Shigeru Ito and Sakigake Secretary General Hiroyuki Sonoda accepted an offer from their LDP counterpart, Koichi Kato, to withdraw a party decision to oppose the proposal. Kato also offered to apologize for troubling the ruling bloc’s minor partners by breaking an earlier agreement on the issue.

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