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Making good on his threats, former administrative reform minister Yoshimi Watanabe resigned Tuesday from the Liberal Democratic Party.

Asked what was the most crucial reason for leaving a party he has belonged to for 12 years, Watanabe said that since the Cabinet of Prime Minister Taro Aso was inaugurated in September the LDP’s reform initiatives have backpedaled and the party has just rubber-stamped the proposals of bureaucrats.

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