General Election To Come By End Of Fall, Noda's Ally Tells Ldp


General election to come by end of fall, Noda's ally tells LDPA political heavyweight close to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told an executive of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party in late June that a House of Representatives election "will be held by the end of this fall," a political source said Friday.  

The remark suggests that Noda, head of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, may be considering calling a general election in November after a supplementary budget for this fiscal year to prop up the economy is passed in an extraordinary Diet session, which might be convened in October.  

But the LDP has reacted sharply against the idea as it has urged Noda to dissolve the lower house immediately after the opposition-controlled House of Councillors passes bills for social security and tax reforms, centering on a plan to double the 5 percent consumption tax rate by 2015, Noda's prized policy goal, the source said.