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Former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara met Saturday with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Tachiagare Nippon (Sunrise Party of Japan) chief Takeo Hiranuma in the city of Kyoto to discuss how or even if they will be able to cooperate in the next general election.

Hashimoto, who also heads Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), is seeking to form an alliance with Ishihara but apparently remains reluctant to team up with Tachiagare Nippon, a minor opposition party, due to crucial policy differences.

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