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Yukio Edano, Democratic Party Deputy President, talks to reporters after visiting the headquarters of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, or Rengo, in Tokyo on Monday. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

Japan's largest opposition party splits

New group to welcome Democratic Party members rejected by Koike

| Japan

TOKYO -- The deputy president of Japan's largest opposition, the Democratic Party, has begun preparing to form a new party for left-leaning party members, as confusion surrounding Japan's biggest opposition merger with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's party lingers on.

Yukio Edano began preparations on Monday, splitting the main opposition into two groups to face the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in this month's snap election.

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