Suga Remains Vague about Lower House Dissolution
Tokyo, Sept. 16 (Jiji Press)--New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at his inaugural press conference Wednesday indicated his stance of carefully considering when to dissolve the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, for a general election.
Suga said that his administration's top priority is containing the new coronavirus epidemic and reviving the economy, which has been hit hard by the virus crisis. The term of office for the current Lower House members expires on Oct. 21 next year.
"There will be a Lower House dissolution and a general election within one year," Suga said, adding "I will consider the matter while taking time constraints into account."
Lawmakers of both ruling and opposition parties are keeping close attention on Suga's decision on a possible Lower House breakup.
"I believe what people want most is preventing the spread of the coronavirus and achieving economic recovery at the same time," Suga said, adding that he will first put maximum effort into achieving the dual goals.