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LDP Makiko Tanaka signs up with DPJ

2009-08-16 14:27 BJT

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Former Japanese Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka has agreed to join the Democratic Party of Japan. She made the decision on Saturday.

Makiko Tanaka, daughter of the late former Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, was a House of Representatives independent member.

She resigned from the Lower House in 2002 after she was ordered to suspend her membership in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party for two years in connection with money scandals.

After leaving the LDP, the outspoken former foreign minister won a seat in the 2003 Lower House election as an independent member.

She later participated in a parliamentary group affiliated with the DPJ. The DPJ is widely seen to have a good chance of winning the August 30th general election.

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