Koike Signals Intent to Remain Party of Hope Leader (News)


Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko signaled on Wednesday her intent to remain head of the Party of Hope, despite the party's humiliating defeat in Sunday's House of Representatives election.

"I hope to stay on as I have a responsibility as the party's founder," Koike told reporters following a meeting of the party's lawmakers in both chambers of the Diet, Japan's parliament.

In the election, the Party of Hope, a national party Koike created just before the poll with defectors from the Democratic Party, won 50 seats in the 465-seat Lower House, down from its pre-election strength of 57 seats.

At the party meeting, some participants demanded Koike's resignation as party head.

"It's extremely regrettable that many of our qualified colleagues were defeated," Koike said at the meeting. "I should take responsibility for that."

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