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Suga to forgo January snap election as COVID third wave rages

Japan's prime minister expected to dissolve lower house in summer or later

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged that he would prioritize coronavirus countermeasures when he succeeded Shinzo Abe in September. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to forgo calling an early election for the lower house of parliament as the country faces a third wave of COVID-19 infections, Nikkei has learned.

There had been speculation that Suga would dissolve the House of Representatives at the beginning of the regular session of the Diet, which convenes in January next year. Instead, he will seek to do so next summer or later.

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