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Gov't source corrects Abe's remark on no general election 'this year'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's comment during the Jan. 5 New Year greeting party that he is "absolutely not thinking" about dissolving the House of Representatives and calling for a general election by the end of the year prompted a government source to say that what he meant to say was not "by the end of the year" but "by the end of the month."

While Abe denied a lower house dissolution this year on Jan. 5, he touched on past cases of lower chamber dissolution in "the Year of the Rooster" during a news conference on the previous day. He also talked about them repeatedly in his New Year address at the party.

The government source said, "After talking about (the lower house dissolution and a general election) that much, there is no way he's not thinking about it."

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