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Is Shinzo Abe about to pull a Theresa May?

The Japanese prime minister has called a snap election—and we all know the risks

By John Nilsson-Wright  

Photo: Xinhua/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement of the dissolution of the Japanese Lower House, paving the way for a general election on 22nd October has thrown Japanese politics into a period of uncharacteristic volatility and uncertainty.

Since December 2012, when Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) decisively trounced the then governing Democratic Party (DP) headed by Yoshihiko Noda, Abe has seemed like the dominant actor on Japan’s political stage, but a couple of damaging corruption scandals over the past year have undermined public confidence in the…

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