Ja­pan’s Abe weigh­ing snap elec­tion as early as next month: re­ports

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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, do­mes­tic me­dia re­ported on Sun­day.

Abe’s rat­ings have re­cov­ered to the 50 per­cent level in some polls, helped by public jit­ters over North Korea’s mis­sile and nu­clear tests and chaos in the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Party, strug­gling with sin­gle-digit sup­port and de­fec­tions.

Abe told the head of his Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party’s ju­nior coali­tion part­ner, the Komeito party, that he could not rule out dis­solv­ing par­lia­ment’s lower house for a snap poll af­ter the leg­is­la­ture con­venes for an ex­tra ses­sion from Septem­ber 28, public broad­caster NHK re­ported, cit­ing uniden­ti­fied in­formed sources.

“Un­til now, it ap­peared the elec­tion would be next au­tumn, but ... we must al­ways be ready for bat­tle,” me­dia quoted Komeito party chief Nat­suo Ya­m­aguchi as telling re­porters on Satur­day dur­ing a visit to Rus­sia.

Spec­u­la­tion has mounted over a snap elec­tion on Oc­to­ber 22, when three by-elec­tions are sched­uled, although other pos­si­bil­i­ties are later in Oc­to­ber or af­ter US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump makes a likely visit in early Novem­ber, me­dia said.

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