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Koike campaign joined by Osaka, Aichi governors for October election

Tokyo gov. maintains she will not run

Tokyo Gov. and leader of the Party of Hope Yuriko Koike with Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matusi and Aichi Gov. Hideaki Omura at a news conference in Osaka on Sept. 30 (Photo by Konosuke Urata)

OSAKA -- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, the head of the newly formed Kibo no To, or Party of Hope, and the governors of Osaka and Aichi prefectures agreed to join forces in the snap election for the lower house of parliament scheduled for Oct. 22 at a meeting on Saturday.

Tokyo, Osaka and Aichi together account for 20% of all seats in single member districts in Japan. By joining forces, the governors each aim to expand their regional power bases and gain support across the county in the upcoming national election.

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