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INTERVIEW: Reiwa Shinsengumi Ready to Cooperate with Other Opposition Parties

From Jiji Press

August 11th 2019

TOKYONew Japanese political group Reiwa Shinsengumi is ready to cooperate with other opposition parties under certain conditions in the next election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, leader Taro Yamamoto said in a recent interview with Jiji Press. 

“We’re willing to join forces with other opposition parties in the Lower House election if an agreement to bring back the consumption tax to 5 pct is reached,” Yamamoto said.

The consumption tax is scheduled to rise from the current 8 pct to 10 pct in October.

Yamamoto recently unveiled a plan for his group to field as many as 100 candidates in the next Lower House election. This is a number to pursue if the group fights the election alone, he said in the interview. “We’ll cooperate if opposition parties join forces.”

Reiwa Shinsengumi made an impressive debut in last month’s election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, in which two candidates with severe disabilities from the group won seats.

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