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The newly expanded Democratic Party of Japan will effectively begin operating today under a new executive lineup headed by current DPJ head Naoto Kan.

The new DPJ is to be formed April 27 by the amalgamation of four parties — the current DPJ, Minseito (Good Governance Party), Shinto Yuai (Amity Party) and the Democratic Reform Party. The four parties currently form the parliamentary group Minyuren.

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