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The Liberal Democratic Party, which fell from power in the Aug. 30 general election after ruling Japan for more than five decades, plans to adopt a new platform in late January. The party’s study group in charge of figuring out how the LDP can regain power submitted a report containing basic ideas for a new platform to LDP President Sadakazu Tanigaki on Dec. 15.

Without naming the Democratic Party of Japan, the study group said that the LDP will fight a party of “state socialism.” With powerful DPJ Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa clearly in mind, the study group said that the DPJ — believing voters have delegated judgment on all matters to the party through the general election — has adopted a centralized decision-making process.

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