DPJ's Okada, Naoshima visit PM's office to help smooth transfer of power
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DPJ's Okada, Naoshima visit PM's office to help smooth transfer of power
Wednesday 02nd September, 01:36 PM JST

Moving a step closer to taking power, senior Democratic Party of Japan officials visited Prime Minister Taro Aso’s office Wednesday to ask his outgoing administration to hold talks with the DPJ on transferring control and help it smoothly launch a new government. The DPJ also launched talks with two opposition parties—the Social Democratic Party and the People’s New Party—about forming a tripartite coalition government.

DPJ Secretary General Katsuya Okada and the party’s policy chief, Masayuki Naoshima, met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura at the office and requested that the administration cooperate in providing information on such key matters as budget compilation, diplomacy and risk management.

‘‘In light of a change of government, I would like to ask for explanations on policies the government is working on and the provision of information,’’ Okada asked Kawamura in the meeting, the first part of which was open to the media.

At a press conference earlier in the day, Kawamura said, ‘‘We will offer cooperation to a new administration for the sake of the state and national interests.’’

‘‘Unlike the United States or Britain, we have no basic rules in Japan on transferring power, so I hope this will be one step toward creating those,’’ the top government spokesman added.

Aso also instructed Kawamura to cooperate for ‘‘a smooth change of power’’ and to ‘‘fulfill the responsibilities on risk management and other matters of the incumbent Cabinet until the birth of a new administration.’’

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