2019.10.22 07:12Nation



2019.10.22 07:12Nation

Japan Lower House Breakup by Year-End Now Seen Unlikely

After Typhoon Hagibis caused extensive damage in Japan earlier this month, it is now increasingly unlikely for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to dissolve the House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, by the end of the year for a snap general election, political watchers have said.
   Monday marked the midway point in the four-year terms of current Lower House members, who won seats in the chamber in the October 2017 election.
   A Lower House dissolution "could come at any time" once half of the term passes, said a person who has served as minister.
   Some in the ruling and opposition camps had been bracing for the possibility of Abe dissolving the Lower House next month unless substantial progress is made in Diet discussions on constitutional amendments, with major opposition parties remaining reluctant to accept debates on revisions of the top law.
   But work to reconstruct areas hit by the typhoon is now expected to take a long time, diminishing the likelihood of a Lower House breakup any time soon. "I don't feel at all an atmosphere around me of the Lower House being dissolved," Fumio Kishida, chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's Policy Research Council, told a news conference on Monday.