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Kibo, Ishin to join hands

Jiji Press OSAKA (Jiji Press) — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and her counterparts in Osaka and Aichi prefectures agreed Saturday on their cooperation in the upcoming House of Representatives election.

Koike, who launched new national party Kibo no To (Party of Hope) in the capital last week, and Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui, head of opposition party Nippon Ishin no Kai, also agreed that their parties will refrain from fielding their own candidates in each other’s home single-seat constituencies in the Oct. 22 election.

“Kibo will send reform-minded people to the Diet from Tokyo and Nippon Ishin will do so from Osaka,” Koike told a joint press conference after the three-way talks.

At the news conference, the three governors, also including Aichi’s Hideaki Omura, announced their common policies based on the principles of realizing politics with no strings attached, carrying out self-sacrificing reforms and promoting true local autonomy.Speech

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