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Abe announces plan to dissolve lower house for snap election
    2017-September-26  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said yesterday he would dissolve parliament’s lower house today for a snap election, seeking a mandate to rebalance the social security system.

Abe, in power for five years, had been expected to call the election for next month to take advantage of improved support and disarray in the opposition camp. Natsuo Yamaguchi, the head of Abe’s junior coalition partner the Komeito party, said he understood the election would be held Oct. 22.

Abe said he would redirect some revenue from a planned sales tax hike in 2019 to child care and education rather than paying back public debt, although he added he would not abandon fiscal reform. Rebalancing the spending would offset the potential negative effect on consumption from the tax rise, he said.

“We will turn Japan’s social security system into one that responds to all generations by boldly diverting policy resources to resolve the two major concerns — child rearing and elderly nursing care — that working generations confront,” he said.

Abe, whose ratings have risen to around 50 percent from around 30 percent in July, is gambling his ruling bloc can keep its lower house majority even if it loses the two-thirds “super majority” needed to achieve his long-held goal of revising the post-war pacifist constitution to clarify the military’s role.

He said his goal was for his coalition to retain a majority in the chamber.

A weekend survey by the Nikkei business daily showed 44 percent of voters planned to vote for Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) versus 8 percent for the main opposition Democratic Party and another 8 percent for a new party launched by popular Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike.

Given the results seen in other major developed countries, however, some political analysts are not ruling out the unexpected.

“Abe’s big gamble could yield a big surprise,” veteran independent political analysts Minoru Morita said. (SD-Agencies)

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