Japan prime minister calls early election

(AGI) Tokyo, Nov 18 - An early general election has beenannounced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The move cameafter GDP figures showed the country had slipped back intorecession in the third quarter of the year. The lower house ofParliament will dismiss its officials on Friday, Nov. 21, hesaid. He added that a VAT increase of 10 percent due to takeplace in October next year will be postponed until 2017. . .

(AGI) Tokyo, Nov 18 - An early general election has beenannounced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The move cameafter GDP figures showed the country had slipped back intorecession in the third quarter of the year. The lower house ofParliament will dismiss its officials on Friday, Nov. 21, hesaid. He added that a VAT increase of 10 percent due to takeplace in October next year will be postponed until 2017. . .