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Japan PM Abe calls snap election in October

Japan PM Abe calls snap election in October

In a national address, Abe said he would also dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday to "seek the mandate of the people immediately", reports CNN.

Abe will dissolve the House of Representatives on September 28.

While the consensus is that the LDP/New Komeito coalition should retain its two-thirds majority, Yasunori Iwanaga, chief investment officer at Amundi Japan, warns that if Tokyo mayor Yuriko Koike's Kibo party gains significant votes in the election, Abe may have to reassess his plans. His decision to call a snap election, analysts say, is aimed taking advantage of a recent uptick in ratings.

"There is no military solution, because that would be a disaster, not only for North Korea but for South Korea, the whole peninsula and Japan", he told reporters. "If the majority is not reached, I will resign", Abe said.

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The Japanese yen, an instinctive safe haven for currency traders, spiked after North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho accused the U.S. of declaring war.

But as the Labour party won an even smaller share of the vote, talks will need to be held with independent Winston Peters to form a coalition, which uncertainty will curb appetite for the kiwi.

At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to discuss pressing challenges facing both the Asian and African regions. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, responding to Trump's bellicose speech, called for dialogue in tandem with implementation of sanctions.

Mr Abe's image as a strong leader has bolstered his ratings amid rising tension over North Korea's nuclear arms and missile programmes and overshadowed opposition criticism of the premier for suspected cronyism scandals that had eroded his support.

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By calling a snap election at this point, Mr Abe was said to have wanted to halt her momentum and not allow her the time to recruit candidates or come up with a political platform.

The electorate increasingly appears to suffer from Abe fatigue.

Rebalancing the spending would offset the potential negative effect on consumption from the tax rise, he said.

Abe also revealed that a 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) stimulus package would be prepared by the end of the year.

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Abe said he would redirect some revenue from a planned sales tax hike in 2019 to child care and education rather than paying back public debt, although he added he would not abandon fiscal reform.


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