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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, right, has questioned P Rime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to send the nation to the polls in the midst of escalating tensions with North Korea.

Tokyo governor's newfound national ambitions draw fire

Koike sees no conflict running capital while leading national party, but even allies express doubts

| Japan

TOKYO -- Sparks are flying between Japan's ruling coalition and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike just days after the popular leader launched her own national political party, kicking off what looks to be a rancorous battle for an October parliamentary election.

"It isn't easy wearing two hats," Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of Komeito, told reporters Tuesday. "I would like to see [Koike] remain committed to her work as governor."

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