Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto on Saturday met with former Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara and Takeo Hiranuma, the outgoing head of the Sunrise Party of Japan, to discuss a possible alliance in the lead-up to the next lower house election.
Ishihara, who stepped down as Tokyo governor last Wednesday, will take over the leadership of the Sunrise Party from Hiranuma and rename it later this month. He has said his goal is to create a viable alternative party to the current ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
Hashimoto told reporters that he is willing to tie up with smaller opposition parties that share the same polices and values as his Japan Restoration Party, TV Asahi reported. However, he said that he has differences of opinion with the Sunrise Party over nuclear energy, the consumption tax and revising the constitution.© Japan Today