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No chal­lenge: The founder of a new po­lit­i­cal party, that was ex­pected to pose a ma­jor threat to PM Shinzo Abe’s bloc in Ja­pan’s snap elec­tion, has stunned the coun­try by an­nounc­ing she will not stand in the 22 Oc­to­ber poll. This means that Yuriko Koike (pic­tured) can­not be­come PM. In­stead, she will re­main in her pow­er­ful post as gover­nor of Tokyo while con­tin­u­ing to build up the Party of Hope, which she launched last week – lead­ing, hours later, to the col­lapse of the main op­po­si­tion party, the Democrats.

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