Koike Resigns as Party of Hope Leader (News)
Tokyo, Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko stepped down as leader of the Japanese opposition Party of Hope on Tuesday.
At a meeting of party lawmakers in both chambers of parliament, Koike said she is resigning as leader to offer different forms of support to the party.
Coleader Tamaki Yuichirō, a member of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, replaced Koike.
At a time when her clout is diminishing following the party's defeat in the October 22 Lower House election, Koike aims to focus on running the metropolitan government, as Tamaki is forming a new executive team for the party, informed sources said.
Koike said she will leave national politics up to people responsible for them.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]