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KOFU, Yamanashi Pref. (Kyodo) Democratic Party of Japan Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa has indicated his party will seek to maintain the coalition framework with two smaller parties even if it wins a simple majority in next summer’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 Lower House and the Upper House,” Ozawa said in a speech Monday. “But that does not mean I’m denying (maintaining) the coalition with the Social Democratic Party and the Kokumin Shinto.”

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