Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Minister Kishida dissolved the parliament on Wednesday in order to prepare for the next election on October 31, 2021 and retain a simple majority in the lower house.
The last lower house election was held in 2017 under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the PM’s cabinet, and lower house lawmakers stood up, raised their hands, and shouted banzai (cheers) three times upon the dissolution of the lower house. It was announced by House Speaker Tadamori Oshima at a plenary session.
It has only been 11 days since Kishida took office as prime minister and in a recent statement on his mindset prior to the dissolution, he said that it is “time to seek public judgement.” He also asked the public on what they sought to see materialize in the upcoming campaign period.
The LDP remained in power for all but three years since the introduction of new election rules in 1996
The largest opposition party is the Constitution Democratic Party (CDP) led by Yukio Edano with 112 seats to LDP’s 276. The CDP’s stances are more socially liberal with support for same-sex marriage and different surnames for couples.
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