Japanese PM calls for snap election

Japanese PM calls for snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced he will dissolve the country's lower house of parliament and call elections next month.

A poll by the Kyodo news agency found that nearly two-thirds of Japanese voters are opposed to Abe holding a snap election, and that 42 percent of the electorate is undecided about whom to support.

While speaking at a press conference on Monday, Abe said that he is aiming to get support from the people for his hard line against North Korea's nuclear programmes also.

While the main parliamentary opposition Democratic Party is splintering, Abe faces a wild card challenge from a new national party being set up by an associate of Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike.

Japan is to have a snap general election in late October, reported on Monday afternoon several worldwide media outlets.

The Democratic Party and other opposition parties have started advancing their preparation for the election, exploring the possibility of promoting electoral cooperation to counter the ruling bloc.

Abe will dissolve the House of Representatives on September 28. If Abe's Liberal Democratic Party maintains its majority in the Diet, he could serve as prime minister until 2021.




His decision to call a snap election, analysts say, is aimed taking advantage of a recent uptick in ratings.

Florian Kohlbacher, North Asia director of the Economist Corporate Network, said Abe is also likely hoping to avoid any potential impact the abdication of the Emperor would have on an election next year.

After lashing out at Pyongyang over its repeated provocations, Abe stated: "Elections that are the starting point of democracies should not be affected by any threats that may emerge from North Korea".

As one of his policies, Abe announced a ¥2trn stimulus package on social spending and education, which will be paid for through his promise to raise consumption tax from 8% to 10% as planned in 2019, according to the BBC.

"This is my responsibility as leader and my mission as prime minister".

A Kyodo news agency survey showed the LDP garnering a far lower 27.7 percent, with 42.2 percent of the electorate undecided. Meanwhile, it was "supported around ¥112" by firm stock prices, said an official at a foreign exchange brokerage house.

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