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Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Yoshitake Kimata resigned Tuesday from the largest opposition party for assaulting and injuring a woman at a bar in Aichi Prefecture, but he said he will not give up his Diet seat.

After he handed in his resignation, Kimata told reporters at the Diet he decided to leave the DPJ to spare the party any trouble during the current legislative session. He said he will stay in the Upper House as an independent.

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