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Yuriko Koike released a promotional video right after the announcement of her new party on Sept. 25.
Politics

Koike's new Party of Hope was planned well in advance

Promotional video must have been made weeks before surprise announcement

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TOKYO -- A woman in a green suit strides purposefully down a corridor toward a bright light, straight past two old men. Filmed from behind, we cannot see her face. But she clearly represents Yuriko Koike, Tokyo governor and leader of Party of Hope. The two old men likely symbolize legacy politics, or perhaps Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party itself, against which Koike will battle in the upcoming election on Oct. 22.

The video was released right after Koike announced she was forming her new party on Sept. 25. At the press conference the same day, Koike held up a flip board displaying not only the name of her new party -- it also included a message urging people to watch the promotional video.

Media specialists say the movie, judging from its quality, likely took at least two weeks to produce. In other words, the seemingly surprise formation of new party was all well planned.

Lesson? We should never be surprised by Koike's actions.

Text and video prepared by Takehiro Fukuda, Ken Kobayashi and Masayuki Yuda.

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