The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan on Thursday approved former Democratic Party leader Renho’s application for membership.

She is the sixth Upper House lawmaker to join the opposition party.

Since the DP’s decision on how to handle her letter of resignation isn’t due until next year, Renho will have dual membership for the time being.

The crumbling DP has objected strongly to the CDP’s decision to approve her membership before its resignation procedures are complete. It plans to file for political subsidies by showing proof that Renho belongs to the party.

It appears that the CDP rushed to approve Renho’s entry because the number of lawmakers as of Jan. 1 is the basis for calculating the value of subsidies awarded to each political party.

“We welcome Renho because she has stated that she shares our party’s philosophies and policies,” CDP Secretary-General Tetsuro Fukuyama told reporters. “We’re pinning high hopes on her ability to send out our party’s messages at the Diet,” he said.

Meanwhile, DP leader Kohei Otsuka told a news conference that Renho’s exit “is very regrettable.” He criticized the CDP for accepting her membership before the DP’s departure procedures were completed.

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