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Abe may opt for snap poll ahead of key decision

Prospect of surprise move comes as PM weighs likelihood of delaying second hike in Japan's national sales tax

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could dissolve the Lower House of Japan's Parliament within about a week from now and call a snap election to be held before the end of this year, according to comments by political party officials and amid intense speculation in Japanese media on Tuesday.

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PRIME Minister Shinzo Abe could dissolve the Lower House of Japan's Parliament within about a week from now and call a snap election to be held before the end of this year, according to comments by political party officials and amid intense speculation in Japanese media on Tuesday

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