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Speculation Emerging on Japan Lower House Breakup in Nov.

Speculation Emerging on Japan Lower House Breakup in Nov.

   Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be considering dissolving the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, as early as November for a snap general election, sources said.
   According to some ruling bloc and opposition lawmakers, Abe may decide to dissolve the Lower House by making constitutional revisions a major issue in a subsequent general election if it becomes difficult to enact a bill to amend the national referendum law for reform of the top law during the ongoing extraordinary session of the Diet, which ends on Dec. 9.
   At a meeting among executives of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its Komeito ally, held at Abe's official residence on Wednesday night, LDP Diet affairs chief Hiroshi Moriyama cited a view held by some in the opposition camp that the Lower House could be dissolved by the end of the year.
   In response, Abe, also president of the LDP, said, "We've so far won (elections) in December," in an apparent reference to the Lower House elections held in December 2012 and the same month of 2014, in which the ruling camp performed strongly, according to sources with access to the meeting.
   This remark by Abe sent ripples through the ruling and opposition blocs.

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