The People’s Life First Party, established in July by Ichiro Ozawa and 48 defectors from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), decided on Tuesday night to disband and join a new anti-nuclear party to be formed by Shiga Gov Yukiko Kada.
The party made the decision after Kada formally declared she was forming Nippon Mirai no To (Japan Future Party) at a news conference in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, on Tuesday.
Kada, 62, said her new party aims to shape the future and bring hope to the Japanese people. She said the Japan Future Party can become a true “third force” and added she hopes to unite all the groups opposed to Japan relying on nuclear power for its energy needs, TV Asahi reported.
Kada did not say how many candidates will run in the Dec 16 election, but she herself will not run, staying on as Shiga governor. She invited like-minded people to join her crusade.
In Tokyo, main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe said the constant forming and disbanding of new parties and shifting alliances will confuse the public.