Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday for a snap election, a party official said, in a move aimed at taking advantage of improved ratings and opposition disarray. Abe’s junior coalition partner Natuo Yamaguchi, the head of the Komeito party, said he understood that the election will be held on Oct. 22, as Abe prepared to hold a news conference at 6 p.m. (0900 GMT) on Monday. Abe, who has held power for five years, was expected to put pledges to spend on education and child care, stay tough on North Korea and revise ...
Japan's Shinzo Abe expected to call snap election amid North Korea crisis
Some critics say Abe has risked creating a political vacuum at a time when geo-political tensions over N Korea are rising