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Abe dissolves parliament; kicks off 'difficult' election battle

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Mr Abe and his party's lawmakers including Taro Aso and Toshihiro Nikai pledge to win in the upcoming lower house election at their party headquarters in Tokyo on Thursday.

Tokyo

JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament on Thursday, effectively kicking off a national election campaign where he faces an unexpected and formidable challenge from the popular governor of Tokyo.

Members of the lower house raised their arms and shouted banzai...

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