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>> She may not be aiming for Japanese leader Shinzo Abe's job just yet. But on Friday, 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.
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And much of her strategy reads like a list of direct challenges to the prime minister. Her fiscal plans are Yurinomics versus his Abenomics. Though as Reuters' deputy bureau chief Malcom Foster reports, other proposals covered more original territory. Koike is very media savvy and she knows what catches voters' attention as well as the media's attention.
00:00:38
In addition to the more serious proposals that her party has made, she has come up with 12 zero something. Some of them are more serious like zero nuclear power plants. But some of them are rather far fetched including zero packed commuter trains, Tokyo has a lot crowded trains.
00:00:59
Zero second-hand smoke, zero food loss, zero telephone polls and even zero hay fever. Which is a reference to the pollen that many people in Japan suffer from in the springtime and they wear masks. So I don't know how she's gonna tackle that.>> The Party of Hope's emergence has split a stagnant opposition, many of which plan to run as Hope candidates in the upcoming polls.
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But Koike's ultimate goal may have to wait.>> Her party is just up and running and new. And so it's unlikely that they're gonna win the election outright, since they've had so little time to prepare. And they're also trailing in the polls. More realistic goal for them would be to probably become the biggest opposition party in parliament.
00:01:43
And then, perhaps that would set the stage for the next election for them trying to win the whole thing, And maybe then, she would emerge as a candidate for prime minister.>> With few details so far, it's unclear how Koike's two-week-old party plans to achieve even their more oddball goals And with less than optimistic polls, Hope may already be losing steam.
00:02:03
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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