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Tokyo Gov. Koike speaks to reporters after the meeting with Democratic Party leader Seiji Maehara in Tokyo on Friday. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

Japan's Koike wins over more key politicians

Governors of three biggest urban centers unite against Abe

| Japan

TOKYO -- As Yuriko Koike prepares to mount a serious challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, more and more key figures have thrown their support behind the Tokyo governor.

Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui, and Hideaki Omura, governor of the central prefecture of Aichi, are the latest to agree to join forces in the upcoming lower house election, sources said on Friday.

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