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Former DP member Hosono meets with Tokyo Governor Koike over forming new party

  • September 12, 2017
  • , Yomiuri , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who in effect leads the local political party known as Tomin First [Tokyoites First], met with former Democratic Party (DP) member Goshi Hosono in Tokyo on the evening of Sept. 11. Former Environment Minister Hosono recently left the DP and became independent. At the meeting, Koike and Hosono agreed to cooperate together to form a new national political party. After the meeting, Koike told the press: “I would like to see the new party tackle the reform of national politics with a sense of urgency.” Koike apparently said this, having in mind the formation of a new political party within the year.


House of Representatives member Masaru Wakasa was also present at the meeting. Wakasa is Koike’s close aide and aims to establish a new political party in cooperation with Tomin First. Both Hosono and Wakasa aim to set up new political parties and have been meeting frequently recently to discuss forming a new party together. With Koike who supports Wakasa attending the meeting, it is thought the three politicians discussed the new party’s policies and the timing for party formation.


After the meeting, Hosono told the press: “In consultation (with Koike and Wakasa), I want to initiate something new in national politics.”

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