Japan PM Abe orders breakup of parliament, snap election next month

26 September, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • Kim Jong-un has won praise it is claimed

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday announced snap polls in the country next month.

Mr Abe officially announced his intention to dissolve the lower house at the beginning of the extraordinary Diet session starting September 28. The prime minister did not give a date for the vote but it is widely expected to be October 22.

At the press conference, the prime minster also raised the issue of North Korea's nuclear and missile development.

Opposition parties have criticised the vote as a way for Abe's to avoid recent scandals, including allegations of cronyism, which representatives promised to address on Thursday.

"Achieving a primary budget balancing by fiscal 2020 has become impossible", Abe told public broadcaster NHK after announcing a snap election for next month and vowing to divert money from a promised sales-tax hike, meant to repay government debt, to programs like education. She used a similar good-governance message to crush Abe's party in a local Tokyo election in July.

Koike, a former newscaster and environment minister who became the capital's first-ever female governor, said her main policies included empowering women, improving transparency in government and cutting the number of lawmakers and their pay.

While the opposition in Japan now seems divided and weak, Abe's critics say he runs the risk of alienating voters by playing politics at time when the country faces a serious security threat.

Abe has served as Japan's prime minister for almost six years.

After a series of scandals hit his popularity, Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have more recently seen a rise in polling numbers amid escalating tensions with North Korea.

While the Democratic Party is splintering, Abe faces a challenge from a new party set up by an associate of popular Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, who has a history of local election victories over the premier's party. The prime minister is chosen by both houses of the Diet. Meanwhile, it was "supported around ¥112" by firm stock prices, said an official at a foreign exchange brokerage house.


  • New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles

    The Giants are in flames because of two fundamental problems: They can't run the ball and can't protect quarterback Eli Manning . Instead, Carson Wentz had just enough Alshon Jeffery along the sideline with one second to play, leading to a chance field goal.
    Bill Dagnon: Tell senators to vote against Graham-Cassidy bill

    Bill Dagnon: Tell senators to vote against Graham-Cassidy bill

    A defection by another Republican senator would send the measure to defeat in the Senate, where the GOP has 52-48 majority margin. The Republican leader is also keeping a close eye this week on the Senate race in Alabama, where Republican Sen.
    Turn your Google Home into a portable speaker with LOFT

    Turn your Google Home into a portable speaker with LOFT

    For those wondering how LOFT attaches to the Google Home, it attaches to the magnetic base system on the smart speaker. The carbon color pre-orders will ship around mid-October while the snow and copper will ship later in the month.
  • Tropical Storm Pilar pelts Mexico coast near Puerto Vallarta

    Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles. It also hammered the Dominican Republic, the US Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory.
    Apple's 4K Movies Are For Streaming Only, Not Download

    Apple's 4K Movies Are For Streaming Only, Not Download

    Numerous streaming services, including Netflix and Amazon, have a library of 4K content that pops nicely with the Apple TV 4K. Apple's embrace of 4K is significant, despite the fact that Roku, Amazon and other rivals beat Apple to that milestone.
    ME  election system not targeted by Russian hackers

    ME election system not targeted by Russian hackers

    Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says the federal government contacted his office Friday to confirm the attempt. Our system had previously identified these IP addresses scanning our system and blocked them.
  • At least 30 National Football League players kneel in protest

    Watson threw for 300-yards in his second career start, but his 2-TDs and 45-yards rushing wasn't enough for the Texans. Saints veteran quarterback Drew Brees shredded the vaunted Panthers defense with three touchdown passes for 220 yards.
    North Korea Threatens Hydrogen Bomb Test Over Pacific Ocean

    North Korea Threatens Hydrogen Bomb Test Over Pacific Ocean

    Tensions have continued to rise since North Korea carried out its last test, prompting a new round of United Nations sanctions . Trump said that the United States may ultimately left with no choice but to " totally destroy " North Korea.
    Pakistan summons Indian envoy after alleged firing by India

    Pakistan summons Indian envoy after alleged firing by India

    Bhatt also stated that the trend of infiltration along the LoC continued with support of Pakistani forward posts. Numerous affected are seriously injured and the casualties are likely to rise, the FO said.
  • Shooter kills one, injures 7 at Tennessee church

    Shooter kills one, injures 7 at Tennessee church

    The gunman entered Burnette Chapel Church of Christ and shot three men and three women, Don Aaron, a police spokesman, said. Aaron said the condition of the 26-year-old suspect from Rutherford County wasn't believed to be life-threatening.
    More than 470000 sign petition against Uber's London ban

    More than 470000 sign petition against Uber's London ban

    Uber has always been criticised for not reporting criminal offences, including sexual assault, in a timely manner or even at all. But Uber hit back, claiming the move "would show the world that, far from being open, London is closed to innovative companies".
    U.S.  study argues for tougher rules of origin under NAFTA

    U.S. study argues for tougher rules of origin under NAFTA

    It has been credited with booming trade between the three nations. Mexico and Canada are particularly important export markets. Most were optimistic about the negotiations.


Ghana Shred Nigeria to win WAFU Cup
Black Stars' fourth goal was scored by Winnful Cobbinah in the 93rd minute following a goalmouth scramble inside the box. This game will be a great opportunity to redeem our image after we failed to qualify for the 2018 CHAN.

NFL protests continue as war of words with President Trump escalates
Players, commissioners and owners from multiple sports lashed out against the President over the weekend. That wasn't the end of Trump's freaky attack on professional athletes, however.

Natural disaster detected in North Korea, reports conflict on scale and nature
Dave Benham, noted that this century "encompasses the period North Korea has been testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons". The seismic activity was reported against a backdrop of growing tension over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile intentions.

Tremor detected in North Korea may be another test - China
China's Earthquake Administration said that quake was not a nuclear explosion and had a characteristic of a natural tremor. The Pentagon said the aim was to demonstrate the military options available to the U.S. to defeat any threat.

Past US presidents' insults of North Korea now seem quaint
Trump praised China on Thursday for what he said was instructions to its banks to cut off business with North Korea. In the clip above, the CBS This Morning panel explains the word " dotard " after Kim's use of it to describe Trump.

Rooney sub tactical, not injury - Koeman
The Toffees picked up all three points from the encounter courtesy of a 2-1 victory, with Oumar Niasse scoring both the goals. We needed in the second half to have another striker close to Dominic to press a bit better than we did before.

Morata hat trick keeps Chelsea near top of EPL
Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal as Manchester United clinched a hard-fought 1-0 win over Southampton at St Mary's Stadium. While we're assuming that Christensen has that job, that means that one of Cahill or Rudiger would have to miss out.

Updates from La Liga trip to Alaves for Cristiano Ronaldo and co
Ceballos received a pass from Marco Asensio , fought through a tackle, and shot just inside the post for the opener. Father and son will be reunited, albeit on opposite sides of the ball, when Madrid visits the Basque Country club.

US Considering Shooting Down Any Missiles From North Korea, Reports Claim
The US is "disseminating the fraudulent claim that the sanctions and pressure are geared to the so-called peaceful solution". Trump is expected to announce additional sanctions about North Korea on Thursday over its nuclear weapons program.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez had 'severe' CTE brain disease: lawyer
Researchers at Boston University, the leading center studying CTE, found pronounced signs the disease in Hernandez's brain. The center released a statement saying Hernandez had Stage 3 CTE; the scale runs from one to four.