Tokyo Governor Sees Boost as Abe Dissolves Japan Parliament

Japan’s opposition forces appeared set to consolidate around Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, whose new political group narrowed a gap in opinion polls with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party weeks ahead of a general election.

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Abe dissolved parliament on Thursday for an election expected on Oct. 22. The Democratic Party, which has been one of Japan’s top political groups for the past two decades, may decide later in the day whether to merge with the party Koike launched this week, Kyodo news and other domestic media reported.

“We cannot entrust the safety of Japan and the future of our children to a party that changes its banner just for the sake of an election,” Abe told party members in comments broadcast by NHK.

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