TOKYO - SEPTEMBER 12: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at his official residence on September 12, 2007 in Tokyo, Japan. Abe announced his resignation as Japanese Prime Minister, less than a year after first taking the post. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an election a year early, and will dissolve parliament on Thursday.
He also announced a 2tn yen ($1.78bn, £13.2bn) stimulus package on education, debt reduction and social spending.
Mr Abe’s announcement comes as his approval ratings have rebounded from a record low over the summer and with the opposition largely in disarray.
His support has surged amid rising tensions with North Korea overshadowing criticism for alleged cronyism.
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