Tokyo Governor Koike to Lead New National Political Party (News)
Tokyo, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko said Monday that she will create and lead a new political party, Kibō no tō (Party of Hope), aiming to engage in national politics while serving as head of the Japanese capital.
Under Koike's leadership, the new party is set to take part in the campaign for the expected election in October for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of Japan's Diet.
At a press conference, Koike said that planned talks between Wakasa Masaru, an independent lower house lawmaker who is close to the governor, and former Environment Minister Hosono Gōshi, a defector from the main opposition Democratic Party, to launch a new political party will be canceled, adding that she will set up her own political party.
"Some sort of engagement in national politics is needed for me to improve the management of the metropolitan government and secure a sense of speed," Koike said, explaining the importance of a new party on the national stage.
Koike said her party plans to field reform-minded candidates with experience in assembly jobs across the country in the election.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]