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Postmortem chaos reigns at Japan's opposition parties

Reeling from election losses, Hope, Democrats struggle to find new leaders

Both the Party of Hope's Yuriko Koike, left, and the Democratic Party's Seiji Maehara are in the hot seat after a disappointing showing in the general election.

TOKYO -- Japan's two key opposition parties are struggling to fill leadership posts after a botched effort to form a united front in a general election that handed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a major victory.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's Party of Hope is going through postmortem finger-pointing and soul-searching. Koike accepted responsibility for the party's miserable election performance but vowed to stay on as party leader. And efforts to pick a Diet member as a co-chief went nowhere Friday.

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