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The snap election decision marks the Prime Minister's attempt to take advantage of boosted opinion polls, as sentiment towards Abe has climbed off the back of his response to North Korea.
In contrast, China and Russian Federation have called repeatedly for a return to worldwide diplomacy and talks with North Korea to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's weapons programs.
Recent escalating tensions with North Korea have reportedly resulted in a surge in the Japanese Prime Minister's rating after a series of scandals.
Mr Abe said: "I expect opposition criticism is going to focus on (the scandals), and it's going to be a very hard election".
Alongside the announcements are reports that Abe may be planning a snap general election.
Mr Yamaguchi said he had not discussed with Abe a specific goal for the election, but they "would need to at least secure a majority as the ruling coalition in order to maintain this administration".
On Sept. 11, the UN Security Council unanimously stepped up sanctions against North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, imposing a ban on the isolated nation's textile exports and capping imports of crude oil.
He said he was seeking a fresh mandate to overcome "a national crisis" as the threat from North Korea grows. The prime minister did not give a date for the vote but it is widely expected to be October 22.
With the opposition in disarray, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has announced that she will lead a "party of hope" to fight Abe's Liberal Democrats.
The dollar met with "heavy profit-taking pressure" around ¥112.50, an official at a major Japanese bank said.
A weekend survey by the Nikkei business daily survey showed 44 per cent of voters planned to vote for Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) versus eight per cent for the main opposition Democratic Party.
Abe wants to remove restrictions on the country's Self Defense Forces, the de facto military, as they engage in more exercises and other activity with United States and allies amid growing tensions with North Korea.
The prime minister also announced a 2tn yen ($17.8bn, £13.2bn) stimulus package on education and social spending.
This "may seem normal in Japan but from overseas, it is hard to understand", Yora told AFP. With regard to peace and stability in Africa, the Prime Minister reviewed the contributions of Japan, such as the deployment of the Japan Self-Defense Force engineering unit to South Sudan and its support for peacekeeping training centers in Africa.
His and Pakistan's only hundred in a Twenty20 worldwide had come against Bangladesh during the World Twenty20 tournament in 2014. The global level cricket remained suspended in Pakistan following an attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009.
Prior to the scandal, German automakers were hesitant about electric cars because of the high costs and limited range. VW claims a range of over 500km and Volkswagen says it intends to limit the production version's top speed to 180kph.
Why was Cassini's mission significant? "It is as detailed and handsome as the ones that you can buy in a gift shop", Barber said . In 2004, Cassini became a "Cool Kids Combo" meal toy offered by Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast food restaurants.
Overall, the researchers backed this view, saying the lack of evidence of harm was not the same as proof that it is fine to drink. Experts have welcomed a review that has found very limited evidence that light drinking in pregnancy harms unborn babies.
With the new Apple TV , when you buy any HD content from iTunes, Apple will upgrade it to 4K for you without any additional cost. That's an unbelievable amount of power for a set-top box, and it will ease 4K streaming on the device.
The hurricane center said it is "likely that some direct impacts will occur along portions of the coast by midweek". Steward said winds coming out of the Southeast by mid-week will dictate how close Maria comes to North Carolina.
Angelica, however, peaked at the right moment and prompted reality show odds makers to believe that she could pull off an upset. It was a cute meet, but it would have been more fun to see Darci surprised by someone she probably admires tremendously.
Equifax noted last week its security was breached between mid-May and July, before finally noticing the hack on July 29. In addition to being one of the three major credit reporting agencies, they point out, Equifax is also a data broker.
The MacBook Air 13.3-inch (2017 variant) is available for as low as Rs. 44,990 (MRP Rs. 58,990) during the Big Billion Day sale. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which will be released on September 22 is made available with a cashback and exchange offer.
Last month Mumbai city experienced the heaviest rainfall in the past 15 years, triggering flood like situation and water logging. Indian Metrological Department, AMD has withdrawn warning for heavy rainfall for Mumbai and nearby areas.
Two of the tourists suffered facial injuries and were rushed to hospital after the attack outside a Marseille train station. France has been on high alert for terrorism since 2015, after a series of attacks killed more than 230 people.
Russian General killed in Syria fighting
The ministry said Asapov died at a command station manned by Syrian troops, assisting commanders in the liberation of the city. Russian Federation blames US "hypocrisy" on the death of one of its generals during an ISIS attack over the weekend.
Uber ready for talks on London ban
He announced he was stepping down from his role with the ride-sharing giant on June 20, 2017. Uber , in turn, said that the appeal against the decision in court.
Iran joins North Korea, tests new ballistic missile
What's new, he said, is that Iran says its ballistic missiles can carry multiple warheads and maybe several cluster bombs. Trump on Wednesday said he had made his decision, but was not yet ready to reveal it.
Cowboys' value climbs to $4.8bn atop Forbes' NFL list
The team rose in value by 16 percent thanks to the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the sponsorship dollars committed. At nearly $5bn, Jerry Jones' team is the most valuable franchise in any sport worldwide.
New Zealand jet fuel shortage leaves passengers stranded
Fuel supplies have been rationed and airlines are looking to refuel in Australia and elsewhere to keep long-haul services running. Mr McNaught said Auckland Airport had been hit the hardest because it was exclusively supplied by the Marsden Point pipeline.
Here are the cancelled Ryanair flights for this week
Ryanair is changing its holiday year, which now runs from April to March, to run from January to December instead. Ryanair said that it will release a full list of canceled flights (through the end of October) by Tuesday.
Apple Just Made A Big Change to iTunes
If you want to buy an app for your iPhone or iPad , you'll have to do it via the App Store on the device itself. It was a redundant, inefficient feature that added confusion to an already bloated piece of software.