Tokyo governor to head new political party

Yuriko Koike holds the name of her Hope Party during a press conference at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office in Tokyo, Monday, September 25, 2017. (Kyodo News via AP)
Updated 25 September 2017
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Tokyo governor to head new political party

TOKYO: Popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike announced on Monday she would lead a new political party into national elections expected next month, hoping to repeat her success in local polls.
Former TV anchorwoman Koike, 65, launched the new party called “Kibo no To” (Party of Hope) just hours before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was expected to call a snap election for as early as October 22.
“I’m launching a new party and I want to be directly involved in it,” Koike told reporters, adding that she will remain as Tokyo governor while becoming the head of the new party.
“Japan is facing a difficult time considering the situation in North Korea. Economically, the world is making a big move while Japan’s presence is gradually declining,” said Koike.
“Can we continue letting (the existing lawmakers) handle politics?“
Koike, who spent nearly two months as defense minister in Abe’s first cabinet in 2007, quit the LDP in June to lead the newly-formed Tomin First no Kai (Tokyo Residents First).
This party humiliated Abe and the LDP in local elections in July but commentators say she has not had time to create the necessary foundations at national level.
Abe’s conservative LDP party is seen as clear winner of a national vote, with a recent survey showing 44 percent would vote for the current prime minister compared to eight percent for the main opposition Democratic Party.


Australian nun ordered to leave Philippines has no regrets

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Australian nun ordered to leave Philippines has no regrets

MANILA, Philippines: An Australian nun whose missionary visa in the Philippines was revoked after the president complained about her joining opposition rallies says social advocacy and human rights are part of church teachings.
The Immigration Bureau gave Sister Patricia Fox 30 days to leave the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an investigation into the 71-year-old as an “undesirable” foreigner over what it called her partisan activities.
Fox is a coordinator of an order of Roman Catholic nuns and has been working with the Filipino poor for almost 30 years.
She told reporters she has no regrets over her public advocacy, such as calls for the release of prisoners who say they’re held for political views.
Duterte has been criticized for a war on drugs that left thousands mostly urban poor dead.