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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks to the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo.   © Reuters

'Will she or won't she?' Koike run now a major election issue

Tokyo governor says she wants to stay on the job ... for now

Nikkei staff writers, Susumu Kuronuma and Shotaro Tani | Japan

TOKYO -- With her political star rising higher as her new national party moves to join forces with the main opposition Democratic Party, popular Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's next step could have a big impact on the outcome of next month's lower house election.

While many expect Koike to parlay her amped-up clout into a campaign for the lower house, others say she should not walk away from the governorship before her term ends. She will likely make a decision after carefully gauging public opinion.

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