Japanese party calls it quits

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Japanese party

calls it quits

The leader of Japan's main opposition party announced the dissolution of the three-year-old party. In a boost for the beleaguered Prime Minister, Ryutaro Hashimoto, the New Frontier Party (NFP) chief, Ichiro Ozawa, said formal disbandment would take place today. NFP sources said he and 100 MPs planned to form a new party next month. Other NFP MPs would also band together to form several new parties.

- Reuters, Tokyo