Rookie lawmakers elected Aug. 30 attended the Diet on Wednesday for the first time, expressing nervousness, but mostly excitement.
Among the 158 newcomers, of whom 143 belong to the Democratic Party of Japan, the first to arrive was Yukiko Miyake, 44. The former TV reporter, who waged a fierce battle against former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda in a Gunma district, showed up at the main gate at 2:47 a.m., several hours before it opened.
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