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Four senior lawmakers from ruling and opposition parties indicated their willingness Sunday to maintain close ties in promoting a political realignment following the next general election.

The four — former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Koichi Kato, former LDP vice president Taku Yamasaki, acting president of the Democratic Party of Japan Naoto Kan and acting leader of the People’s New Party Shizuka Kamei — made comments to this effect when they appeared on a TV Asahi program.

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