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Shinzo Abe gambles on sending Japan to a snap election – but it may yet backfire - The Conversation AU

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of the national parliament, the Diet, on September 28, with an election to be held on October 22. Called more than 12 months earlier than needed, the snap poll was a calculated gamble by the ...and more »

Tokyo Olympic chief urges Yuriko Koike to focus on day job - Financial Times

The head of the Tokyo Olympics has called on Yuriko Koike, the city's governor, to put her energy into making a success of the games as she prepares to contest a bitter general election against Shinzo Abe, the prime minister. “From my perspective what ...and more »

Japan needs to debate policy, not personality - Financial Times

Japan's snap elections, even if they do little to change the status quo, will have one clear effect: demonstrating how the country's democracy has regressed. Prime Minister Shinzo's Abe's right-leaning Liberal Democrat party dominated Japanese politics ...and more »

Yuriko Koike hits trouble in Japan election campaign - Financial Times

Yuriko Koike is facing a dilemma over whether to stand in Japan's general election on October 22 amid signs her ambitious attempt to take on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in trouble. Ms Koike, the Tokyo governor, has yet to reveal whether she will ...and more »

How China and North Korea Are Helping The Prime Minister Keep Power In Japan - Forbes

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's call last week for snap legislative elections in Japan should remove a longer-term threat to his party's power. Abe's Liberal Democratic Party is expected to retain the bulk of seats in the October 22 elections because such ...and more »

Abe doubles down on Kim, but will his snap election gamble pay off? - South China Morning Post

Love him or loathe him, there is no denying that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a consummate politician who has sensed that public sentiment is sufficiently with him that he will once again win a general election. And while the electorate may ...and more »

Japan's pursuit of fiscal health remains pie in the sky - Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to channel a portion of consumption tax revenue to education spending raises a red flag as it signals an about-face on the government's commitment to improving Japan's fiscal health. In a Sept. 25 news ...and more »

The Story of How Japanese Politics Got Shaken Up in 2017 - The Diplomat

Tobias Harris (@ObservingJapan), vice president and Japan analyst at Teneo Intelligence, joins The Diplomat's Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) to discuss Japanese politics in the lead-up to the October 22, 2017, snap election. The podcast addresses Prime Minister ...and more »

Japan's Choice: Abe vs. Koike - Council on Foreign Relations (blog)

For the second time since returning to the prime minister's office in 2012, Shinzo Abe has called for a snap election. His calculus seems to revolve around timing. A drop in Abe's approval ratings this summer shook confidence in his leadership, and ...and more »

Abe Makes Life a Lot Tougher for Bank of Japan - Bloomberg

Gee, thanks, boss! Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just made life a lot harder for Haruhiko Kuroda or whoever succeeds him as Bank of Japan governor. Whether Abe gives Kuroda a second term or not, the premier's planned consumption tax hike fights ...and more »