New Komeito chief Takenori Kanzaki warned Tuesday that further Diet deliberations on a bill aimed at cutting 50 proportional representation seats from the Lower House would “seriously affect” his party’s upcoming talks on entering the Liberal Democratic Party’s ruling coalition.

The No. 2 opposition party strongly opposes the bill as half of its members in the house were elected through proportional representation, rather than single-seat constituencies. However, the bill serves as a key policy agreement between the LDP and its junior coalition partner, the Liberal Party, and deliberations have just begun after a month’s delay by New Komeito.

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