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Democratic Party chief Seiji Maehara, left and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speak to the press after a meeting Sept. 29.

Left-wing Democrats revolt as Koike says they aren't welcome

Conservative Tokyo gov won't endorse candidates opposing constitutional change

| Japan

TOKYO -- Cracks are emerging within the opposition Democratic Party as liberal-leaning lawmakers bristle at Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's announcement that her party, the supposed merger partner, won't have room for those not politically aligned with her conservative views.

Some would-be candidates "will be rejected," she told a news conference Friday, casting a pall over the experiment for a grand opposition realignment.

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