Time for talk on North Korea over, says Abe

Laura Christensen
September 26, 2017

Abe is expected to announce the election at 6 p.m. briefing in Tokyo.

Recent escalating tensions with North Korea have reportedly resulted in a surge in the Japanese Prime Minister's rating after a series of scandals.

"I will dissolve the House of Representatives on the 28th of September", said Abe who last month reshuffled his cabinet as ratings rebounded in the wake of cronyism scandals.

Florian Kohlbacher, North Asia director of the Economist Corporate Network, said Abe is also likely hoping to avoid any potential impact the abdication of the Emperor would have on an election next year.

The Abe administration has also advocated for bolstering Japan's missile strike capability, and has proposed a $48 billion budget to upgrade missile defense systems, including purchasing USA land-based Aegis Ashore interceptors or the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), the same anti-missile system the US recently deployed in South Korea. Voting will be set for October 22, according to three people with knowledge of his ruling coalition's plans.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike announced on Monday - just hours ahead of Abe's news conference - that she would lead a new conservative, reform-minded "Party of Hope" to provide voters with an alternative to the LDP.

The crisis over North Korea has forced the country to re-examine its defense strategy.

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

Abe, the third generation of a powerful political family, appeared to be groomed for power from an early age.

As well as the surprise election announcement, Abe announced a hefty stimulus package on education and social spending.

Analysts believe that given the lacklustre opposition, voter backlash would not hurt him to the extent that it did British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose gamble in June cost her party its majority.

Saying that US President Donald Trump's comments over the weekend were "clearly a declaration of war", Ri told reporters in NY that North Korea reserved the right to shoot down US bombers and that all options would be on the table for Pyongyang.

Abe was the first world leader to cultivate close relations with US President Donald Trump, meeting the tycoon in Trump Tower even before he was inaugurated.

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