The Democratic Party of Japan and the Social Democratic Party said Friday they hope social critic Keiko Higuchi will run in the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial race against outspoken incumbent Gov. Shintaro Ishihara.

Naoto Kan, president of the DPJ, the nation’s main opposition party, said he thinks Higuchi would make a “good candidate,” while SDP Secretary General Mizuho Fukushima said her party “will probably move in the direction of supporting her,” although it has yet to decide on a candidate.

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