Nikkei and Mainichi wrote that there is a growing view within the ruling LDP that Prime Minister Suga is unlikely to dissolve the Lower House for a snap general election within the year on account of the need to focus on dealing with the coronavirus and rebuilding the Japanese economy. Nikkei speculated that Suga appears unlikely to call an election because doing so would delay the implementation of his policies by creating a month-long vacuum in the political schedule. The paper wrote that immediately after Suga took office in mid-September, there was speculation that he would dissolve the Lower House for a snap election at an early date to take advantage of strong public support for his cabinet, but it now appears unlikely that an election will take place this year. Nikkei wrote that there are three options for the timing of an election next year—at the beginning of the ordinary Diet session to be convened in January, after the approval of the FY2021 budget by the Diet in late March, and around the time of the LDP presidential election in September. The paper surmised that Suga will carefully consider when to call an election by taking into account the timing of various events, including the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in the summer.
In related stories, Yomiuri, Asahi, and Sankei wrote that the GOJ and the ruling coalition are making final arrangements to convene an extraordinary Diet session on Oct. 26, speculating that Prime Minister Suga will deliver a policy speech in the Diet after his planned trip to Vietnam and Indonesia in mid-October.