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LONDON (Kyodo) Naoto Kan, acting president of the Democratic Party of Japan, said Sunday he will ask the government to arrange consultations between the DPJ and vice ministers overseeing ministries and agencies to prepare for the possibility that his party will take power in the next general election.

Kan told reporters he will soon make the request to Prime Minister Taro Aso or Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura. He said the aim is to enable a smooth transfer of power from the Liberal Democratic Party after the next House of Representatives election to be called by this fall.

He said, “The DPJ will not be able to work out some details of the policies that the party wishes to implement unless the party has access to data held by bureaucrats.”

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