/ 05 October 2021

Japan’s off to the polls

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

‘Tis the season for political disruption, and no sooner was Fumio Kishida confirmed as Japan’s 100th PM than he outlined plans to dissolve the parliament next week. That means general elections will be held at the end of the month. It’s a bit earlier than pundits expected: they thought he would take as much time as he could in office before pulling the election trigger to hold the poll by 28 November. Banking on a polling honeymoon, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will need a spike in favourable sentiment after outgoing PM Yoshihide Suga left a sour taste in the mouth of voters. The timing means Kishida will not attend the G20 meeting in Italy at the end of October, but he hopes to go to the COP26 climate summit in early November. Voters permitting…

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