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Tokyo election defeat could mean Abe's days are numbered

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike's new party is headed for a decisive victory; result could change national political scene

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A former LDP member and former minister who bolted the party recently to form her own political group, Ms Koike (above) is thought unlikely to challenge Mr Abe directly for power until after the 2020 Olympics while she prepares a springboard for a bid for national power.

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TOKYO governor Yuriko Koike and her newly launched "Tokyo Citizens First" party were headed on Sunday night for a decisive victory in a Tokyo Metropolitan Government election whose outcome is seen as threatening the hold on power of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal

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