This Japanese Party Is No Fringe Outfit

I wish to protest the description of the New Komeito Party as a "fringe organization" ("Japan: With reform crumbling, Obuchi may take a fall," International Outlook, Jan. 31). Our primarily centrist party was established in 1964 and has had many representatives elected to the Diet since 1968. We currently are the third-largest party, with 66 seats. We are particularly well regarded by the electorate for our commitment to social welfare. Komeito played an important role in resuming diplomatic relations with China.

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