Japan’s Shinzo Abe Calls Snap Election
Strike while the nuclear rhetoric is hot. Japan’s prime minister has called a snap election, in what’s seen as a way to validate his hard-line military policies on North Korea in a time of ratcheting regional tension. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike had announced the formation of a new opposition political party just hours earlier, but with the vote now a year sooner than expected, Koike’s party will be hard-pressed to compete with the ruling Liberal Democratic party, which current polls suggest will garner about 44 percent of next month’s vote.