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DPJ defectors to launch new party `Kizuna`

Lawmakers who quit the ruling
DPJ in protest against party leader and prime minister Yoshihiko Noda`s sales tax hike plan intend to launch a new party.

Kizuna: Japan`s kanji of the year!

The word "kizuna", meaning bonds or
connections between people, has been chosen as Japan`s kanji
(pictorial script) of 2011.