New opposition party launched in Japan ahead of election

TOKYO: Two Japanese opposition parties merged on Sunday to form a new grouping intended to put pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative ruling party before the upper house election this summer.

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the main opposition party, and the  smaller Japan Innovation Party merged to create the “Minshinto” party, which will have a total of 156 lawmakers in the upper and lower house.

It will still be far smaller than the coalition led by Abe’s Liberal

Democratic Party (LDP), which controls a majority of the upper house and more than two-thirds of the lower house.

The new party’s name in English will be the Democratic Party. AFP