Japan: Kishida dissolves Parliament ahead of October 31 general election

Source: CNN

“Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved Parliament’s lower house on Thursday, setting the stage for a general election this month as he seeks to rouse support for his newly formed government. The vote, to be held on October 31, will be Kishida’s first major test after he won the ruling party’s leadership election on September 29 and was officially appointed Japan’s 100th Prime Minister on October 4. Local media reports have suggested the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, headed by Kishida, hopes to take advantage of the recent nationwide decline in Covid-19 cases to drum up support for the party.” (10/14/21)