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Wakasa says chance of setting up new party with Hosono is “currently 50%”

  • August 14, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

Lower House member Masaru Wakasa, a close ally of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, appeared on a Fuji TV program on Aug. 13. He said the chance of him establishing a new political party with former Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, who has left the Democratic Party (DP), is “currently 50%.” Wakasa and Hosono met in Tokyo on the night of Aug. 11 and agreed to continue talks. Wakasa, who has established a political group called Nippon First no Kai (Japan First), is aiming to set up a new political party to cooperate closely with local party Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First), which is effectively led by Koike, within the year.

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