With his recent improvement in the polls, he wants to hold the election before new rivals and controversies erupt. The latest polls show his party (LDP) in the lead, but with many people undecided.
|Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo |
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A few other factors effecting the election:
- The economy has improved after years of stagnation
- The Emperor will abdicate soon, an important cultural event
- Changing the constitution to modify the pacifist clause is still controversial without a clear mandate to change
- There are 475 seats lower house (Diet) has power. LDP-Komeito bloc has 316 (66%). Election scheduled for October 22.