Two in three Japanese to vote against Abe in planned snap elections

Marcus Newton
September 26, 2017

The government and the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito party have approved Abe's plan to disband the House of Representatives at the outset of the upcoming parliament session without the prime minister making a policy speech, ruling party sources said.

North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan in recent weeks, in addition to test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile and detonating a massive nuclear bomb.

His ruling Liberal Democratic Party's campaign will focus on a pledge to increase education spending by putting off a target for reining in the budget deficit, as well as a more divisive plan to revise the pacifist constitution, according to domestic media reports.

"The threat of North Korea can not deter our democracy", Mr Abe said.

Natsuo Yamaguchi, the head of Abe's junior coalition partner the Komeito party, said he understood the election would be on October 22. This will delay Tokyo's goal of reaching a primary balance surplus by 2020.

Kyodo reported that its survey conducted over the weekend showed 27 percent of respondents saying they would vote for Abe's LDP, compared with 8 percent for the Democratic Party.

"For Mr. Abe, now is the time. In what hope of success are we now repeating the very same failure a third time?" he said.

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Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada also resigned in late July under pressure about a series of missteps that led to a decline in public support for Abe.

His ratings fell at one point this year to below 30 per cent as he became embroiled in two cronyism scandals, and as his defence chief resigned over a major cover-up.

The decision is largely seen as aimed at taking advantage of Mr Abe's recently improved support ratings and opposition disarray.

At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to discuss pressing challenges facing both the Asian and African regions.

Despite a recent run of growth, the election victor will also have to contend with a sluggish economy, as the heavily indebted country grapples with a low birth rate and a shrinking labour force. However, a similar number of Japanese voters - 42.5% - have said they're undecided going into next month's election.

"In that sense, support for the Abe administration is rather lukewarm, and more voters may stay away from the polls this time".

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