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Inside Japanese politics

Japanese Communist Party's long goodbye to its China comrades

Century-old body shuns Beijing's 'hegemonism' in echo of clash with Soviets

Japanese Communist Party leader Kazuo Shii criticized China in a speech at the party congress in Atami, Shizuoka in January.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Which of Japan's political parties has the longest history? The answer may come as a surprise.

It is not the Liberal Democratic Party, for all its decades in power, but the Japanese Communist Party.

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