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Japanese Cabinet Okays Dissolution Of Lower House

The Japanese Cabinet on Friday approved Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's decision to dissolve the House of Representatives, media reports said.

Noda will officially announce the dissolution at the plenary session of the House on Friday afternoon, and will hold a press conference in the evening to explain the dissolution, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Going into the Cabinet meeting, Noda told reporters that his party would strive to win a popular mandate in next month's elections. Noda, who also heads the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said he "will resolutely face the public."

Reports say that the general election is expected on December 16, and opinion polls suggest a clear edge for the Opposition.

by RTT Staff Writer

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