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Okada eyes Jan. dissolution of lower house

Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada has sounded out a senior opposition lawmaker about the possibility of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolving the House of Representatives in January for a snap general election, informed sources said Sunday.

Okada is apparently keeping in mind a plan for the lower house to be dissolved at the start of next year's ordinary Diet session in January, after the Democratic Party of Japan-led government clarifies its policy stance during work in December to compile a draft state budget for fiscal 2013, according to the sources.

In early July, Okada met with the head of a Liberal Democratic Party faction to express gratitude for the main opposition party's support for controversial consumption tax increase bills that cleared the lower house in late June.

(Jul. 30, 2012)
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