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Japan's opposition says snap election likely unconstitutional

Parties already taking fighting stance ahead of planned Oct. 22 vote

| Japan

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is calling an extraordinary Diet session next Thursday at the opposition's request, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to dissolve the lower house that day for a snap election has many crying foul.

Abe arrived home Friday from New York, where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly. He is expected to make an announcement on Monday about his plans to dissolve the house at the beginning of the coming session.

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