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(From The Yomiuri Shimbun/Daily Yomiuri)
Doi finally gives up struggle
Takako Doi probably has never been so downcast in her long political career.
"I, as the head of the party, am absolutely responsible for the defeat," Doi said in announcing her resignation as leader of the Social Democratic Party on Thursday.
SDP sources said Doi was faced with a tough choice after being defeated in her own constituency.
Doi's resignation marked the end of her struggle to overcome the scandal sparked by the arrest and indictment of her protege, former lower house member Kiyomi Tsujimoto, and Doi's own secretary for allegedly …