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Japan's Suga rules out snap election 'for time being'

Prime minister tells coalition partner his focus is on virus response and economy

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said since taking office last month that fighting the coronavirus and supporting the economy are his top priorities. (Photo by Masayuki Terazawa)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga does not plan to call early elections "for the time being," he said Friday, adding to signs that the next parliamentary race will not come until at least early 2021.

Suga made the comments in a roughly hourlong meeting with Natsuo Yamaguchi, who heads Komeito, the ruling coalition partner to the prime minister's Liberal Democratic Party.

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