Under Pressure: Prime Minister Taro Aso dissolved Japan’s lower house of parliament at its plenary session on Tuesday, the termination of the House of Representatives is a key step ahead of the General Elections scheduled for August 30.
Analysts say the elections are likely to see the country’s main opposition party come to power for the first time in nearly five decades.
“I decided today to dissolve the House of Representatives and seek a popular mandate. That is in order to make clear which political party protects Japan and protects the people’s lives, to make clear responsibility of politics,” Aso said.
The dissolution of the House was expected since the Premier Aso’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) suffered a massive defeat in the July 12 elections for the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly.