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Okinawa Minister Esaki shows mixed feelings toward Koike’s “Party of Hope”

  • September 27, 2017
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

Minister for Okinawa affairs and Northern Territories Tetsuma Esaki expressed mixed feelings toward the “Kibo no To (Party of Hope),” which Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike announced the founding of, at a press conference on Sept. 26. He explained that he joined the Liberal Democratic Party after joining the defunct Shinshinto (New Frontier Party), Jiyuto (Liberal Party) and several other parties. He said, “I am interested in seeing the appeal she will make to the public,” and offered words of encouragement to the former colleague in Shinshinto and other parties with a look of concern. (Abridged)

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