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Abe to dissolve Lower House for snap election in January?

  • September 17, 2016
  • , Nikkei
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Saturday morning’s Nikkei reported on a rumor that PM Abe may dissolve the House of Representatives in January for a snap election in February order to seek a public mandate for his efforts to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough in the Northern Territories dispute with Russia. Since Russian President Putin will visit Abe’s hometown in Yamaguchi Prefecture in December, the premier may present a “bold proposal” to seek Russian concessions. According to the rumor, the prime minister hopes to win big in the election to encourage the LDP to extend his term of office beyond September 2018.

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