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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.

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