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(Update 2) Japan Lower House Set to Be Dissolved Soon

(Update 2) Japan Lower House Set to Be Dissolved Soon

   Tokyo, Oct. 14 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government decided at an extraordinary cabinet meeting Thursday to dissolve the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.
   Based on the decision, the Lower House will be dissolved at its plenary meeting starting at 1 p.m. on the day (4 a.m. GMT). At an extraordinary cabinet meeting later in the day, the government will formalize its decision to hold a Lower House general election Oct. 31, with the official campaign period starting Tuesday.
   "We must now face the judgments of the people," Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters Thursday morning. "I'm feeling very solemn today."
   "We want to fully show what we're aiming for through the election," Kishida, also president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said at the prime minister's office. He is slated to hold a news conference Thursday evening.
   Meanwhile, Yukio Edano, leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, said in an interview: "We must change the current politics. We will fight the election at full stretch."

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