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Abe promises to ensure “crisis management” mechanism during election campaign

  • September 27, 2017
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri ran a prominent inside-page article on growing criticism of Prime Minister Abe’s plan to dissolve the Lower House tomorrow for a snap election in late October despite North Korea’s relentless pursuit of nuclear and missile development. The paper noted that the premier has rebuffed such criticism by saying that all necessary steps will be taken so as not to create a “political vacuum.” Although Abe will be crisscrossing the country during the official election campaign period, he has instructed Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga and Defense Minister Onodera not to leave Tokyo in case the DPRK stages another missile launch or other provocation. Abe will also probably stay in Tokyo around Oct. 10 when the Kim regime might stage a serious provocation to commemorate the anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party, adding that most of his campaign visits to local areas will be day trips.

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