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Yuriko Koike, governor of Tokyo and head of the Party of Hope, spoke with The Nikkei on Friday.

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TOKYO -- Yuriko Koike has not yet decided who her new national party would nominate as prime minister after Japan's upcoming lower house election, but it won't be her, the Tokyo governor told The Nikkei on Friday.

Koike is 200% certain that she will not run in the Oct. 22 election, she said in the interview. "I was never considering it from the start," she added.

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