Despite fundamental differences in policy and continued doubts about how voters would react, Osaka Mayor and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) head Toru Hashimoto has indicated a tieup with former Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara might occur.

“I can’t exclude the possibility” of a tieup, he told reporters Wednesday. Top Ishin no Kai officials and those from Tachiagare Nippon (Sunrise Party), which will form the core of Ishihara’s party, are scheduled to meet Friday in Tokyo to try to work out an agreement.

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