Shaking The Nations

Japan’s PM says may dissolve parliament by Friday That’s the third nation to do that in a month! –STL

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Wednesday that he is prepared to dissolve the parliament by Friday, bringing an election within weeks, if Japan’s main opposition party agrees to key reforms.

Noda’s pledge, made during a heated parliamentary exchange with Liberal Democratic Party chief Shinzo Abe, drew protests from some lawmakers within his own party who are not keen to face a vote at a time when the economy is ailing and public approval ratings for Noda’s Cabinet have fallen below 20 percent.

If parliament is dissolved on Friday, elections would likely be held on Dec. 9 or 16,…Read the Rest