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A new political party to be launched Saturday will be named Tachiagare Nippon (Stand Up, Japan), former trade minister Takeo Hiranuma, an independent House of Representatives member who will head the party, said Wednesday.

The same day, House of Councilors member Yoshio Nakagawa tendered his letter of resignation to the Liberal Democratic Party to join the new party, which will be launched by Hiranuma, former Finance Minister Kaoru Yosano and other like-minded lawmakers.

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