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Japan's Democratic Party chief Renho to step down

Opposition leader takes responsibility for staggering loss in Tokyo election

Renho announces her resignation as leader of the Democratic Party, Japan's largest opposition party, at a press conference in Tokyo on July 27.

TOKYO -- Democratic Party leader Renho said that she has decided to step down as party leader during a press conference in parliament on Thursday, presumably to take responsibility for the devastating defeat at the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election.

Renho's name recognition as former model and anchorwoman helped her become party leader last September. However, the party could not successfully leverage her appeal.

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