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Koike apologizes for Kibo’s poor results

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Kibo no To leader Yuriko Koike speaks to reporters in Paris on Sunday.

The Yomiuri Shimbun Comments about the “logic of exclusion” from Kibo no To (Party of Hope) leader Yuriko Koike, demanding that those who joined her party from the Democratic Party agree with her policies on national security and other issues apparently had a negative effect on Kibo’s campaign battle.

As the projected results came in, Koike offered a public apology for her party’s showing.

“These are very tough results [for Kibo],” said Koike, who is currently in Paris, in an interview broadcast on Japanese TV on Sunday night.

“My words and actions have made people feel uncomfortable,” Koike added. “[Kibo’s policies] had problems.”

Regarding the dismal results, she said, “I must accept them with sincerity.”

Meanwhile, Koike plans to decide on the party leadership on Wednesday or later.

Koike told reporters on Saturday, before leaving for Paris to attend an international conference on the environment, that the party’s general meeting of its lawmakers will be held on Wednesday, the day she returns, or at a later point to decide the executive lineup.

Former Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Shinji Tarutoko will serve as the party leader while Koike is abroad.Speech

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