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Japan PM Kishida to Dissolve Lower House Thursday

Japan PM Kishida to Dissolve Lower House Thursday

   Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to dissolve the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, Thursday.
   Following the dissolution of the Lower House on the final day of the ongoing extraordinary session of the Diet, a general election will take place in Japan for the first time since October 2017 and since the start of the novel coronavirus crisis last year.
   Measures against the pandemic and steps to resuscitate the economy are expected to be key issues in the general election, to be held Oct. 31. The official campaign period is slated to start next Tuesday.
   Both the ruling and opposition parties are getting into election mode in earnest with the end on Wednesday of three-day parliamentary question-and-answer sessions over Kishida's first policy speech as prime minister at the Diet, delivered last Friday.
   Kishida, who took office Oct. 4, said at his inaugural press conference the same day that he will dissolve the Lower House on Thursday. The Lower House breakup will come 10 days after the prime minister's inauguration, and the Lower House election will be held 17 days after the dissolution, with both periods being the shortest in Japan since the end of World War II.

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