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Japan Lawmakers Prepare for Abe to Announce Snap Election

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Japanese lawmakers began preparations for a potential snap election, the clearest signal yet that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering dissolving parliament to shore up support.

Hiroyoshi Sasagawa, a ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker, said in an interview today that preparations have begun, though only Abe can call a general election. Local LDP constituency offices are getting ready for a poll, according to three other people with knowledge of the matter.