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Osaka Mayor and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) head Toru Hashimoto indicated Friday evening that a merger with former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara’s Taiyo no To (The Sunrise Party) is almost a done deal.

Hashimoto also said it is his understanding that Genzei Nippon (Tax Reduction Japan), a minor party headed by Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, will not join the merger of the two parties. Earlier Ishihara and Kawamura had announced plans to merge their parties.

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