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Koike says election results for Party of Hope 'extremely severe,' regrets her 'arrogance'

Yuriko Koike, leader of the Party of Hope, listens to a reporter's question in Paris on Oct. 22, 2017. (Mainichi)

PARIS -- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike expressed regret over her "arrogance" in reflecting on the outcome of the Oct. 22 House of Representatives election in which her Party of Hope failed to perform as strongly as it had hoped.

Koike said her party had failed to follow on from the strong showing of local party Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First), which supports her, during the July Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election.

"The outcome is the polar opposite," she said. "I regret possibly having had some arrogance. I'd like to reflect on that and work hard in the metropolitan administration," Koike told reporters in Paris, where she is staying on a business trip.

A Mainichi Shimbun poll indicated the ruling coalition comprising the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito is certain to secure a majority in the lower house.

She described the results for her party in the general election as "extremely severe."

Commenting on the results of exit polls by various news organizations, Koike, leader of the Party of Hope, told reporters, "I think it's an extremely severe outcome."

Koike suggested that her own words and deeds adversely affected her party's chance of winning. "We must thoroughly analyze the cause of our defeat, but I'm sorry about causing a sense of displeasure to the public through my past words and deeds," she said.

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