Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Kibo no To leader Yuriko Koike on Monday said her new party will seek a change of government in the upcoming general election by fielding candidates for a majority of the 465 seats in the House of Representatives.
“The first thing we must do is to secure 233 candidates,” Koike said in an interview with Jiji Press.
“You can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy tickets, so we aim to field that many [candidates],” she continued.
Koike denied she will run in the Oct. 22 election, saying that she will fulfill her duties as Tokyo governor and do what she can in the capital.
That will be a model for the whole of Japan, Koike said.
“I spent 24 years in national politics, and I don’t mean to return to a place where you spend a long time to achieve nothing,” she said.
Kibo no To (Party of Hope) will focus on reforms, Koike said, complaining that the country’s reform efforts have been too slow.
The metropolitan government has eased and reviewed regulations, but it is difficult to reach global standards because reform efforts are slow at central government level, Koike said, citing secondhand smoking regulations.
“We can’t catch up unless we speed up reforms. For that, we need politics with no strings attached,” she said.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he hopes for a fresh public mandate to change the use of additional revenue from a planned consumption tax hike in order to realize a social security system for all generations.
Koike said it is wrong to make the proposed change in the revenue use a key election issue.
“Before thinking about details of the tax hike, we need to examine whether the social security system is run efficiently and whether the current economic structure allows many people to feel the impact of economic growth,” she said.Speech