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Tokyo governor Koike unveils new party manifesto

Friday, October 06, 2017 - 01:35

A new Japanese political party led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike reveals its policy attack plan saying it wants to end nuclear power in the country. Ryan Brooks reports.

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She may not be aiming for Japanese leader Shinzo Abe's job just yet, but on Friday (October 6) Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike outlined an attack plan for her Party of Hope with just two weeks to go before a snap election. Koike won office last year after cutting ties with Abe's ruling LDP party and her strategy reads like a list of direct challenges to the prime minister. "I'd like to include in our policies a macroeconomic policy that takes more in to account people's feelings, something I would call "Yurinomics"." That's a play on "Abenomics", the PM's own plan to revitalize Japan's stagnant economy. But where Abe favours large injections of cash, Koike wants to focus on deregulation to create jobs, her party arguing that ordinary people haven't benefitted from Abe's time in office. Then there's her list of "12 Zeroes" starting with eliminating all nuclear power by 2030. Another key split from Abe, who has fought to bring more of the country's reactors back online after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. There's also a number of quirkier "zeroes" in Koike's grand plan which includes eliminating allergies and the euthanisation of stray pets. But with few details so far, its unclear how Koike's two-week-old party plans to achieve those types of goals and according to polls, hope could already be losing steam. At Friday's news conference, the Tokyo Governor once again repeated her refusal to run as a direct challenger to Abe's leadership.

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Tokyo governor Koike unveils new party manifesto

Friday, October 06, 2017 - 01:35