New party of Koike’s ally eyes constitutional revision

Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike’s ally who plans to set up a new party this year says the party will aim to revise Japan’s Constitution.

Masaru Wakasa, an independent House of Representatives lawmaker, told reporters he has agreed with two lawmakers, who supported Koike’s Tomin First no Kai (Tokyoites First party) in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election in July, to seek to amend the supreme law’s Chapter 8 referring to local self-government.

As for the envisaged party, Wakasa said it can be formed as long as it can gather at least five members from parliament.

Wakasa, who belonged to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party but left it to support Koike, now heads a new political group called Nippon First no Kai, literally meaning group that puts Japan first.

Wakasa met with Shigefumi Matsuzawa, a House of Councillors lawmaker, and Akihisa Nagashima, a former vice defense minister who was expelled from the Democratic Party, in Tokyo and agreed they can form a party together if they can coordinate their policies.

Former Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, who recently left the Democratic Party, is also seeking to form a new party and exploring the possibility of forming an alliance with Wakasa. Hosono is also seeking to amend Chapter 8 to expand the authority of local governments.

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