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Tokyo Gov. and Party of Hope chief Yuriko Koike speaks to reporters after a party meeting on Wednesday.

Japan's Koike resists calls to quit as party chief after defeat

Says she will focus on being Tokyo governor, take hands-off role in national policy

| Japan

TOKYO -- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike on Wednesday took responsibility for the resounding defeat of her Party of Hope in Japan's recent general election, even while insisting that she will continue leading the new national party.

Koike met Wednesday with party lawmakers, including the roughly 50 elected to the lower house Sunday in a contest that saw Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition maintain its two-thirds majority.

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