Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said her new Kibo no To (Party of hope) will not name a specific candidate for prime minister during the campaign for the Oct. 22 Lower House election.

“Basically, we will not do it,” Koike said in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo on Oct. 6.

Not putting up a candidate for the nation's top leadership post is seen as a risky move as it could alienate voters and at the very least, confuse them.

As for whom her party will support for prime minister after the election, Koike stated that it will depend on how many seats it wins.

She did not rule out the possibility of Kibo no To, which was formed in late September, cooperating with some lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and selecting one of them as a candidate for prime minister.

“It is the story of what happens after the election,” she said.

Asked her opinion of former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba and current internal affairs minister Seiko Noda, Koike called them friends who share the same political vision.

“Ishiba is an experienced politician of longstanding. I supported him (in the LDP presidential election in 2012). I want Noda to hang in there as she is working incredibly hard, especially for people with disabilities,” Koike said.