Prime minister Yoshihiko Noda has tentatively set a date for elections in Japan on December 16, after he pledged to dissolve the parliament by Friday.
The condition is that he gets support from the opposition for key reforms.
Several lawmakers within Noda’s party, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said they did not agree with the idea of having elections so early, at a time when their poll scores are at a record low.
At least two members of the DPJ said they would quit the party, following the decision to dissolve the lower house, which would result in an election call.
An official date for the election round can only be announced after Noda would dissolve the parliament. According to the law, general elections must be organized in the following 40 days after that point.
Japan has been suffering in the past years of the effects of too many political changes. “There’s a real failure of leadership,” commented Koichi Nakano, a professor of political science at Sophia University. “That’s in part because Japan’s expectations for leadership are unrealistic. But also because the quality of leadership in Japan is really low”.