KOFU (Kyodo) Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa indicated Monday that his party will seek to maintain the coalition framework with two smaller parties even if it wins a simple majority in next year’s upper house election.

“It cannot be said we have a truly stable government, and we know we have to secure a simple majority in both the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors,” Ozawa said during a speech in Yamanashi Prefecture. “But that does not mean I’m denying (maintaining) the coalition with the Social Democratic Party and the People’s New Party.”

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