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Osaka governor hints his party may form coalition gov't with LDP after poll

Osaka Gov. and JIP leader Ichiro Matsui (Mainichi)

OSAKA -- Gov. Ichiro Matsui hinted on Oct. 2 at the possibility that Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party, JIP), which he leads, may form a coalition government with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) after the Oct. 22 House of Representatives election.

"We may join hands with the LDP. We've supported the LDP's policy measures we can agree on," Matsui told reporters in Osaka.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, the JIP has decided to prevent candidates running in the election on its ticket from competing with those backed by Kibo no To, a fledgling national party headed by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, in the same constituencies.

JIP Secretary-General Nobuyuki Baba has suggested that the party may consult with Kibo no To over the possible formation of a coalition government if Koike's new party secures a majority in the lower house.

Official campaigning for the general election kicks off on Oct. 10.

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