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Japanese Prime Minister Abe May Call Snap General Election, NHK Reports

  • Local media say premier may hold election in late October
  • Government’s approval rating climbed 5 points in recent poll
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Japan's Abe Considers Holding a Snap Election

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is weighing holding a snap general election as early as next month, a move that would allow him to seize on opposition disarray and growing support for his handling of the North Korea crisis.

Abe appears increasingly inclined to call an election amid a recovery in public support following a spate of scandals, public broadcaster NHK reported, without saying where it obtained the information. He’ll make a decision after talks with senior Liberal Democratic Party and government officials and may announce the move as early as Sept. 28 when parliament reopens, according to NHK.