Japan's Prime Minister calls snap election in October 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for a snap election, as he looks to seek a fresh mandate to overcome a national demographic crisis and undertake a consumption tax increase, amid mounting threats from North Korea. Abe will dissolve parliament on September 28, 2017, and the election will be officially announced on October 10, 2017.

Opposition parties have criticized the decision, claiming that Abe is trying to distract from a string of recent scandals and unpopular policies. Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic party is currently polling at around 44% with little opposition. However, analysts have not ruled out a Japanese version of the “shock” results seen in the UK and the US over the past year. Abe has vowed to step down if his party does not win a majority.

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