DPJ defectors to launch new party 'Kizuna'
Tokyo: Lawmakers who quit the ruling
Democratic Party of Japan in protest against party leader and
prime minister Yoshihiko Noda's sales tax hike plan intend to
launch a new party on January 4, people close to them said
The party to be formed by the nine House of
Representative members will be headed by Akira Uchiyama
elected from Chiba Prefecture and will be named 'Kizuna',
meaning bonds or solidarity between people, they said.
The lawmakers are preparing to register their new party
with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on
They will discuss general principles, basic policies and
key posts of the new party on Tuesday. Koichiro Watanabe, a
lower house member from the proportional-representation Tokyo
constituency, is expected to become the secretary general, the
The lower house members submitted their resignation
letters earlier in the week to protest a decision by Noda to
raise the sales tax to cover swelling social security costs.
The DPJ on Thursday approved a plan to double the tax to 10
percent by 2015.
The new party's name is the same word selected in an
annual poll in December as the kanji character that best
summed up the year 2011, which was dominated by the quake and
tsunami disaster in March.