Tomin First Announces Launch of National Party


Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--Regional political party Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoite first group), linked to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, on Sunday announced the launch of a new party for national politics.

The new party, called First no Kai, will be headed by Tomin First leader Chiharu Araki, a Tokyo metropolitan assembly member.

"We've often been frustrated that the voices of Tokyo residents do not reach the national political world," Araki said. Of the five major assembly factions, Tomin First is the only one without a seat in the Diet, Japan's parliament.

The new party will field candidates in this autumn's general election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, mainly in Tokyo, Araki told a news conference.

Koike, special adviser to Tomin First, will not run in the Lower House election, Araki said, expressing a wish to cooperate closely with Koike over the general election.

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