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What the experts say about Japan's election

Consumption tax, North Korea likely to feature in debates

| Japan

TOKYO -- With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolving the lower house of parliament on Thursday, Japan is fast gearing up for elections set for Oct. 22. The contest is shaping up to be a brawl between Abe and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, with the main debate centering on a consumption tax increase planned for October 2019. As well, Japan's response to provocations from North Korea will likely feature on the campaign trail.

Below are the views of experts on what should be debated in the upcoming election campaign, and their further thoughts.

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