November 7, 2014 / 12:17 PM / 3 years ago

Japan PM Abe: not thinking of calling snap election

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday he was not thinking of calling a snap election for parliament’s lower house, amid some speculation that he might do so by the end of the year.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) Air Review to celebrate 60 years since the service's founding at Hyakuri air base in Omitama, northeast of Tokyo October 26, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

“I am not thinking of dissolving (the lower house),” Abe said on a television program.

Some Japanese media have said Abe, worried his popularity may have peaked after nearly two years in office and a spate of scandals involving members of his cabinet, could call a snap election soon - especially if he decides to postpone an unpopular sales tax rise that would take effect next October.

Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Robert Birsel

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