Japanese PM Abe to hold a news conference at 0900 GMT

Early election announcement coming up?

If the election were called, the likely timings:

  • Abe would be likely will dissolve the lower house as soon as the Diet convenes on September  28
  • October 22 the likelt date, although the 17th or 29th are also possible
  • In either case, the three lower house by-elections scheduled for October 22 would be cancelled

Also:Reuters quoting sources:

  • Japan finance minister Aso is said to be skipping G20 and IMF meetings in US next month

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