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Shinzo Abe may call in a snap election as early as next month, according to local media. The Japanese prime minister looking to take advantage of a spurt in his approval ratings. Now recovered to the 50% level in some polls, fanned by public jitters over Pyongyang's missile tests.
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And chaos in his main opposition. Japan's public broadcaster reports that Abe may dissolve parliament's lower house for a snap poll. After the legislature convenes for an extra session at the end of the month. The election is scheduled for next autumn. But now, speculation is mounting for a snap election on October 22nd, when three bi elections are scheduled.
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Abe's ratings had sunk below 30% in July, battered by suspected cronyism scandals. They weighed heavily on voters minds that same month, when the ruling party suffered a stunning defeat in Tokyo's local elections. It sparked a huge cabinet reshuffle. And some analysts felt it could be the beginning of the end for Abe's leadership.
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But with his support base rallying again, it's perhaps no surprise the prime minister is looking to strike while the political iron is hot