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Back to the drawing board for Japan's main opposition CDP

CDP leader Yukio Edano speaking to voters in Tokyo on Oct 30, 2021. Despite convincing four opposition parties to set aside their differences, the CDP failed to undercut the conservative dominance. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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TOKYO - Going into Sunday's general election, the momentum seemed to be with the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP), which was poised to make significant gains in Parliament.

Media surveys predicted a series of tight races that would hurt the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The CDP-backed candidate had pulled off an upset in an Upper House by-election on Nov 24 to wrest away an LDP-held seat in Shizuoka.

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