The expected victory by Suga guarantees his election in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday because of the majority held by the Liberal Democrats’ ruling coalition
Shinzo Abe dissolves Parliament: Japan PM will run against Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike in 22 October polls
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament Thursday, effectively kicking off a national election campaign where he faces an unexpected and formidable challenge from the popular governor of Tokyo.
Japan's parliament has passed a law allowing Emperor Akihito to become the first monarch to abdicate in 200 years.
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Abe won 328 votes out of the 470 cast by lawmakers in a special session of the lower house Wednesday.
The leader of the largest opposition party, Banri Kaieda of the Democratic Party of Japan, asked if people were better off two years after Abe took office in December 2012.
Banri Kaieda, head of the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan, also said: "We can't have the (rich-poor) gap widen. We can't give him a blank cheque for another four years."
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of Japan's parliament on Friday, paving the way for a general election next month.