NHK reported that LDP President Kishida has decided to dissolve the Lower House on Oct. 14 when the extraordinary Diet session concludes and hold a snap election on Oct. 31. The campaign period for the general election will begin on Oct. 19. The network said Kishida is expected to hold a press conference this evening to explain his decision, which came as a surprise to many in Nagatacho. TBS said that Kishida is expected to forgo attending the G20 Summit slated for the end of this month in Italy. The network added, however, that according to a government source, Kishida is expected to attend the COP26 meeting that is scheduled to begin in the UK on Nov. 1.
NHK political desk reporter Nakata Shinya said Kishida decided to swiftly hold a snap election to take advantage of the high support ratings expected immediately after the launch of his Cabinet. Noting that an October election was not anticipated, he added that Kishida is hoping to ensure that the LDP fares well in the general election by launching a “surprise attack.”