The ruling Liberal Democratic Party began full-scale debate Tuesday on a plan to expand its coalition government to include New Komeito — and secure a majority in the Upper House.

The move is in line with Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi’s formal announcement Monday of his desire to ask New Komeito to join the current LDP-Liberal Party coalition, following a meeting senior LDP officials had with Liberal Party leader Ichiro Ozawa.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.