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Japanese Communist Party Chair Kazuo Shii, left, and Liberal Party President Ichiro Ozawa are pursuing different courses of action ahead of the Oct. 22 vote.
Japan's Election

Japan's Communists, Socialists keep Koike coalition at arm's length

Positions of Tokyo gov's new national party prove too much for left-wingers to stomach

| Japan

TOKYO -- Even as some Japanese opposition parties choose to join forces with Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's new party for the October lower house election, others plan to chart their own course amid deep disagreements over policy.

Koike's Kibo no To, or Party of Hope, is "nothing more than a spinoff" from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Japanese Communist Party Chairman Kazuo Shii told reporters Friday.

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