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The Democratic Party of Japan has selected officials for its key posts in the Upper House as it prepares to face off with the opposition bloc in the extraordinary Diet session starting Friday.

Kenji Hirata, previously a DPJ Diet affairs chief, was picked as secretary general of the party’s Upper House caucus, with the DPJ banking on his extensive experience in dealing with the opposition, which now dominates the upper chamber.

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