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Co-leader of Koike's party faces unity challenge

Leadership race reveals vast policy differences among Party of Hope members

Yuichiro Tamaki, the new co-chief of Japan's Party of Hope, rejects cooperation with a fellow opposition party, the Constitutional Democrats.

TOKYO -- The lower house member elected as co-chief of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's national political party Friday faces the daunting challenge of uniting its legislators at odds over such key issues as national defense and amending Japan's constitution.

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