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OTAWARA, Tochigi Pref. (Kyodo) Your Party will actively field candidates for next spring’s nationwide unified local elections.

The move, unveiled by party chief Yoshimi Watanabe on Saturday in his home base of Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture, follows the opposition party’s solid performance in the July 11 Upper House election.

Your Party gained 10 seats and is now widely seen as a possible new partner for the Democratic Party of Japan-led ruling coalition, which lost its majority in the chamber.

Watanabe visited the grave of his father, Michio, who held such posts as deputy prime minister and finance minister.

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