Abe sees a poll chance

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe is con­sid­er­ing call­ing a snap elec­tion as early as next month to take ad­van­tage of an uptick in ap­proval rat­ings and disarray in the main op­po­si­tion party.

Mr Abe’s rat­ings have re­cov­ered to the 50 per cent level in some polls, helped by public jit­ters over North Korea’s mis­sile and nu­clear tests and chaos in the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Party. Mr Abe told the head of his Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party’s coali­tion part­ner, the Komeito party, that he could not rule out a snap poll af­ter Septem­ber 28.

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