14 Nov '17, 8am

Tokyo governor quits as head of conservative opposition 'Party of Hope'

TOKYO: The governor of the Japanese capital, Tokyo, whose opposition "Party of Hope" came a distant third to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party in a general election last month, said on Tuesday (Nov 14) she would quit as party co-leader. Governor Yuriko Koike, a former ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker sometimes mentioned as a possible first female Japanese premier, launched the party to great fanfare ahead of the Oct 22 lower house election and absorbed a big chunk of the failed opposition Democratic Party. But despite her bid to create what she called a "reformist, conservative" rival to Mr Abe's LDP, Koike's party won only 51 seats in the 465-member Lower House. That tally was not only dwarfed by the LDP's 283 seats, but also lagged the 54 seats taken by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), a group hastily formed by liberal-leaning for...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tokyo-gov...

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