Tokyo ex-governor joins new conservative party
TOKYO (AP) - Outspoken leaders from Japan's two biggest cities have formed a national political party, seeking to lure undecided electorate and challenge the country's two biggest parties.
Nationalist Shintaro Ishihara, who resigned as Tokyo governor to create his own party this week, said on Saturday he was scrapping his four-day-old group to join the Japan Restoration Party formed in September by the young and brash mayor of Osaka.
The announcement came the day after Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the Lower House of Parliament, paving the way for elections on Dec 16.
His ruling party is expected to give way to a weak coalition government divided over how to tackle Japan's myriad problems.