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Will Japan's election year stock gains hold true under Suga?

Approaching vote gives investors fresh chance to assess market's fundamentals

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga heads into an election season with a slumping cabinet approval rating. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Markets hate uncertainty, the saying goes. But in Japan, stocks appear to be rallying on signs that the country's political establishment may be in for a shake-up.

What has moved the market this week is speculation over the timing of a general election and a revamp of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's leadership. The country is counting down to both the end of the term for members of the parliament's lower house and a party vote to chose the next LDP leader, now Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

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