Lawmaker Close to Tokyo Governor Koike Creates New Political Group (News)


Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)—Japanese lawmaker Wakasa Masaru, who is close to popular Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko, said Monday that he has established the Nippon First no Kai (Japan First), a new political group led by him.

Using the group as a stepping stone, Wakasa, an independent member of the House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber of Japan's Diet, intends to create a new party for national politics for the next lower house election while cooperating with Koike, de facto head of regional political party Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First).

Wakasa, who left the ruling Liberal Democratic Party last month, also said at a press conference that he has established a political school.

Activities by Nippon First, which was founded on July 13, are expected to affect the timing of a possible lower house dissolution for a snap election by Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, whose cabinet faces faltering public support, and a potential realignment of the opposition camp, political watchers said.

"I think that a new national political party should be created at an early date this year," Wakasa said.

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