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Abe prepares for snap-election gamble

Mr Abe is also expected to delay the second hike in the national sales tax from 2015 to April 2017


SPECULATION intensified on Wednesday that Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe will dissolve Parliament next week and call a snap election in mid-December, in a bid to secure a four-year mandate for his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) ahead of plans to push through contentious economic