The Straits Times
Published on Nov 14, 2012

Japan to hold general election on Dec 16: Official


TOKYO (AFP) - Japan will hold a general election on Dec 16, a senior governing party official confirmed on Wednesday, putting an end to months of speculation over the date of polls.

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) deputy party secretary-general Jun Azumi told broadcaster NHK that the country would be going to the polls next month.

"We will quickly draft our campaign platform, as the official campaign will start on Dec 4," Mr Azumi said, referring to the start of a 12-day period that will come ahead of polling day.

His confirmation came after a showdown in parliament between Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and opposition leader Shinzo Abe, during which the premier said he would dissolve the house on Friday if he got pledges on electoral reform.