Koike Declines Request to Run in General Election (News)
Tokyo, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko, leader of the Party of Hope, on Thursday declined a request by her counterpart in the Democratic Party, Maehara Seiji, that she run in the October 22 House of Representatives election.
During their talks in Tokyo, Koike said she will discuss with other party founding members the question of who the party should endorse as its candidate for prime minister.
The two leaders reaffirmed their cooperation in the battle to defeat Prime Minister Abe Shinzō of the Liberal Democratic Party, Koike told reporters after the talks.
Regarding her party's selection of the prime minister candidate, Koike noted that in 1994, the LDP chose Murayama Tomiichi, then leader of a socialist party now called the Social Democratic Party, as prime minister.
"Oil and water joined hands" at that time, she said, indicating the possibility that her party may form a coalition with other parties after the election.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]