An endeavor to merge the two largest opposition parties in Japan ground to a halt Tuesday, after the Democratic Party for the People failed to reach internal consensus ahead of a deadline on consolidation the previous day.

“We think it’s regrettable, although we believe that the DPP … did the best job it could. But at this point, we think we didn’t reach an agreement between our very limit and their very limit,” said Tetsuro Fukuyama, secretary-general of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, on Tuesday afternoon after a meeting with DPP Secretary-General Hirofumi Hirano. He added that the two parties will continue to cooperate in the Diet.

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