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Former administrative reform minister Yoshimi Watanabe, who quit the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday, announced Friday he will form a political campaign group with lawmaker Kenji Eda and two analysts.

Watanabe, 56, told reporters the group was not a new party but a “people’s movement” aimed at changing a political situation that he said is controlled by the bureaucrats in Kasumigaseki, the nerve center of the government.

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