Shintaro Ishihara and Toru Hashimoto will likely officially announce on Nov. 17 the formation of a coalition of the two new prominent parties they lead.
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, who heads the Japan Restoration Party, and former Tokyo Governor Ishihara, co-leader of the Sunrise Party, will likely meet for final discussions on Nov. 17 prior to the announcement.
Hashimoto, Ishihara and senior officials of the two parties met in Tokyo on Nov. 16 to discuss a coalition for the upcoming Lower House election.
The meeting between Hashimoto and Ishihara, considered key players among the growing number of new parties, came as Prime Minister Yoshiko Noda dissolved the Lower House the same day, triggering a snap election for Dec. 16.
At the meeting, the Japan Restoration Party side presented its fundamental policies on the future of nuclear power generation, the doubling of the consumption tax and Japan’s participation in negotiations to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement and other issues.
The Sunrise Party, which brought the policies back to its members to formulate a response, basically agreed to fall in line with Hashimoto's party, sources said.
While Ishihara and Nagoya Mayor Takashi Kawamura, who heads Genzei Nippon (Tax cuts Japan party), had announced that an agreement was reached for Genzei to join the coalition, Hashimoto clearly disputed that assertion on Nov. 16. The Japan Restoration Party differs markedly with the Tax cuts Japan party on policy issues.
“Genzei has not been part of the merger. I have made sure of that,” Hashimoto said.
Senior officials of the Sunrise Party also said a previously announced agreement to join with Genzei Nippon has been rescinded.
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