Abe Rules Out Double Elections in Summer


Tokyo, Dec. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ruled out the possibility of simultaneous elections for both chambers of parliament in the summer of 2019.

"I'm not considering at all a dissolution of the House of Representatives" for a snap election, Abe said on a radio program aired Sunday.

He was responding to a question about the possibility of calling a Lower House election at the same time as the triennial election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, planned for summer 2019.

"I'm preoccupied (with issues)," Abe said on the program, recorded on Tuesday, referring to the Imperial succession, the summit meeting of the Group of 20 major advanced and developing economies and the consumption tax increase.

Emperor Akihito is scheduled to abdicate on April 30 and Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed him the following day. Japan will host the G-20 summit in June, while the consumption tax rate is slated to be raised from 8 pct to 10 pct in October.

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