On September 27, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike launched her new party Kibo no To (Party of Hope). Within 24 hours after the party’s launch, speculations have begun to swirl that the Democratic Party of Japan, struggling to regain public confidence since it lost power in December 2012 despite several attempts to refresh its image with party leadership changes, may dissolve itself, with many of its members joining Koike’s new party.
In the press conference to launch Kibo no To, Koike emphasized the necessity for a “reset” in Japanese politics. She also emphasized that her party will position itself as a “tolerant and reform-minded conservative party that supports tolerance.”
This article was originally published on September 28, 2017 by The Diplomat. Read the full article here.