Japanese Voters Brave Typhoon and Heavy Rainfall to Cast Ballots in Snap Polls

  • Japanese voters brave impending typhoon (to hit Japan late evening today) and heavy windy rainfall after current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called snap election, a year before scheduled election. Reports and polls suggest that the 63-year-old Abe-led coalition is all set to assume power again with decisive majority in the 465-seat House of Representative. PM Shinzo Abe reasoned that the new mandate is required to contest the threat posed by North Korean missile crisis, on one hand, and to work on the details of increasing consumption tax.