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Suga hesitant to dissolve Lower House during emergency

Tokyo, Aug. 24 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga signaled hesitation to dissolve the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, for an election while Tokyo and other areas are under a COVID-19 state of emergency.

 

Suga said that dissolving the Lower House during an emergency is legally possible.

 

“I, however, have been saying that I will prioritize coronavirus measures,” he added.

 

When asked by a reporter about the possibility of dissolving the all-important chamber regardless of whether the central government’s state of emergency remains in place somewhere, Suga answered, “Yes, that’s what I mean.”

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