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Monday, 12th November 2012
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Noda refuses to confirm general election

Japan could be set for a general election as speculation continues to mount suggesting that current prime minister Yoshihiko Noda may soon call for the public vote.

The development follows reports that Noda met with Azuma Koshiishi, the secretary general of the Democratic Party of Japan, to discuss the party's plans for the future.

These debates could ultimately lead to the dissolution of the House of Representatives, prompting an election in the region.

The rumours were fuelled by comments from Noda earlier this week in which he refused to confirm or deny that a potential election was in the offing.

"I won't specify and won't tell what I have on my mind," he told the Kyoto news agency.

This latest development comes just two months after Noda claimed victory in a party leadership contest.

The Japanese leader defeated three other rivals to retain his grip over the position as head of the Democratic Party of Japan.

Posted by Graham McPherson