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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures as he speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo on Sept. 25, 2017.
Abe called a snap election, hoping to capitalize on rising support as tensions with nearby North Korea reach fever pitch. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures as he speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo on Sept. 25, 2017. Abe called a snap election, hoping to capitalize on rising support as tensions with nearby North Korea reach fever pitch. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Monday for an election next month, a year ahead of schedule. He's been fending off attacks over alleged cronyism, and he's hoping to shore up support for his economic stimulus strategy, known as "Abenomics."

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with political science professor Stephen Nagy (@nagystephen1) in Tokyo.

This segment aired on September 25, 2017.

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