The chairman of the lower house of the Japanese parliament, Tadamori Oshima, read out the decree of Emperor Naruhito to dissolve it. The general meeting of both chambers is broadcast online. Earlier, NHK TV reported that the government wanted to announce the dissolution of the House of Representatives for early elections.
“On the basis of the seventh article of the Constitution, the lower house has been dissolved,” says Naruhito’s decree. Thus, the Emperor of Japan dissolved the House of Representatives in order to renew the composition of the government. The term of office of the current deputies will expire on October 21.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said the election campaign was scheduled to start on October 19. Elections to the lower house of parliament will take place on 31 October. The previous elections at this level were held on October 22, 2017.
At a press conference, Kishida spoke of the need to “meet face to face with public opinion.” At the same time, the head of Japan’s main opposition force, the Constitutional Democratic Party, Yukio Edano, emphasized that “a change in the entire government is needed, since the LPD will not change.”
Earlier, Kishida announced the sovereignty of Tokyo in the South Kuril Islands. According to him, the government intends to sign a peace treaty with Russia and “resolve the problem of territorial affiliation.”
Kishida was confirmed on October 4 by a majority vote as the Prime Minister of Japan. Now in the lower house of the Japanese parliament, out of 465 seats, 305 belong to the deputies of the ruling coalition of the LDP and its partner, the Komeito party.