Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso calls election


Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso has dissolved Parliament, paving the way for an election late next month that is likely to end more than 50 years of almost unbroken rule by his party.

The embattled Mr Aso apologised to his conservative Liberal Democratic Party yesterday for the Government’s sagging support.

“My statements … have led the Japanese people to worry about and grow distrustful of politics,” he said. “As a result, the approval rating for the Liberal Democratic Party has fallen. I am deeply sorry.”

Most pundits expect the opposition Democratic Party of Japan to win the August 30 election.

TheAge.com.au

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