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Tamaki, Ogushi run in Kibo coleader race

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Yuichiro Tamaki and Hiroshi Ogushi, both lawmakers in the House of Representatives, filed their candidacies Wednesday for Friday’s election to pick the coleader of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s Kibo no To (Party of Hope).

The coleader, to be selected by a vote of the opposition party’s 53 lawmakers, is supposed to work as a coordinator for them.

Tamaki, 48, has indicated his stance of accepting the national security laws that allow the country to exercise the collective self-defense right and tolerating a revision to pacifist Article 9 of the Constitution. Ogushi, 52, is negative about both issues.

Some within Kibo fear that such divisions of opinion in the coleader election could deepen the rift in the party at a time when leader Koike’s centripetal force is on the decline following its poor showing in the closely watched general election in late October.Speech

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