September 25, 2017 / 2:24 AM / 3 months ago

Japan PM Abe to hold news conference at 0900 GMT - Jiji

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to hold a news conference at 6 p.m. (0900 GMT/ 1000 British time) on Monday at his official residence, Jiji Press reported.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signs a guest book before a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines. REUTERS/Craig Ruttle/Pool

Abe is expected to announce on Monday a snap election for next month, sources have said, to take advantage of improved ratings and opposition disarray, despite criticism that he is creating a political vacuum amid worries over North Korea.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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