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Japan election

Kishida dissolves parliament for Japan election: 5 things to know

Prime minister says ruling coalition's goal is to retain a simple majority

Japanese lawmakers applaud and shout "banzai" cheers as Tokyo's Lower House of Parliament is dissolved on Oct. 14.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved parliament Thursday for a general election on Oct. 31, as the lower house comes to the end of its four-year term. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, are seeking to maintain their dominance in the Diet despite political headwinds.

Kishida, elected as LDP leader last month, has said that the goal of the coalition is to retain a simple majority. While it may lose seats, the party hopes a fresh face will lift the party's public support even as the economy remains sluggish amid the COVID pandemic.

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