Your Party chief Watanabe seen losing political clout due to defections
Yoshimi Watanabe, a founder of the opposition Your Party, is bound to lose his political clout as 14 lawmakers, or about 40 percent of the legislators belonging to his party, tendered their resignations on Dec. 9.
The 14 defectors, including former party Secretary-General Kenji Eda, are set to explore the possibility of realigning opposition parties after launching a new political party by the end of this year. But it remains unclear whether they could succeed in regrouping opposition forces as the two main opposition parties -- the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the Japan Restoration Party (JRP) -- are showing a lukewarm response to the realignment scheme. Watanabe himself, on the other hand, is set to lose his influence as 14 lawmakers defected from his party. Thus, rough roods lie ahead for both of the two groups after their political party split four years after its founding.