Japan’s upper house election is scheduled for July 21st, according to a government statement released on Wednesday, June 26th.
According to Reuters, Prime Minister Shizo Abe is expected to announce the date of the more powerful lower house election, however, Abe said he is not considering such a move.
Abe appears to hope a successful performance as host of the June 28th to 29th Group of 20 summit in Osaka will bolster his ruling bloc's results.
But the election also follows a furore over a government report that suggested many elderly would not be able to live off pensions alone. The fuss has eaten into Abe's support rate, but backing for his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) still dwarfs that of fragmented opposition parties.
The LDP-led coalition is expected to keep its majority but probably with a reduced presence in the chamber.