Today, being Respect-for-the-Aged Day and a national holiday, the Nikkei reports that PM Shinzo Abe is planning to dissolve parliament and call for a general election in October. A final decision will be made after assessing the North Korea situation. The head of a ruling Liberal Democratic Party is probably hoping to capitalise on his rebound in opinion polls and attempt to stem the advance of the Tokyo First Party, which includes Ms Yuriko Koike, Tokyo’s popular governor.
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