Country Risk

Reports of likely Japanese snap election in October highlight political opposition's weakness and PM's renewed strength

22 September 2017


Both right- and left-wing media in Japan have reported that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to dissolve the Lower House after the Diet convenes its extraordinary session on 28 September.

This would be the second dissolution since Abe began his second stint as Prime Minister in December 2012. An early general election would be likely to benefit Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) because the main opposition Democratic Party (DP) is weak, and has suffered from more defections since July. Also, the nascent Japan First party, formed in concert with influential Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, would have to rush to register as a political party and nominate candidates for an election that could be held as early as 22 October.

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