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Ishin chief to end cooperation with Koike’s party if she runs in Lower House election

Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui, the leader of Nippon Ishin [Japan Innovation Party], gave an interview to Tokyo Shimbun in Osaka City on Oct. 4. He said that since his party has announced common policies with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, the leader of the Party of Hope, and Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura, if Koike resigns as governor to run in the House of Representatives election, “the relationship of trust will collapse,” indicating that he will dissolve the cooperative relationship.

 

Commenting on what his party will do if the Party of Hope achieves its goal of winning a majority of seats, Matsui said: “Our response will be on a case-by-case basis. We have no intention to form a government [with the Party of Hope] or become a ruling party.” He thus denied the possibility of Ishin joining the administration.

 

With regard to constitutional revision, he said: “Discussions must be held on Article 9 and other matters for the people to think about the issues. We are in agreement with Ms. Koike on this.”

 

On his party’s relationship with the Abe administration, to which it has taken a case-by-case approach so far, Matsui stressed that the administration has shown “signs of complacency and conceit, so it needs a wake-up call.”

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