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Gov. Yuriko Koike held a news conference in Tokyo to officially announce the launch of her new national party.

Tokyo governor hopes to build centrist alternative to LDP

'Party of Hope' launch sparks speculation over Koike returning to national stage

| Japan

TOKYO -- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike seeks to use her new national party as the foundation of an alternative to the right-leaning Liberal Democratic Party and left-wing opposition, building its platform on popular policies to capitalize on the upcoming snap election.

Koike set out to distance herself from her erstwhile LDP allies in a news conference here Wednesday. "Now we must boldly govern with no political shackles," she declared.

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