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Name That Dissolution – A game everyone can play

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Finally, we have a date for Japan’s general election. After months of speculation, unpopular Prime Minister Taro Aso said on Monday he plans to call a national election on Aug. 30 after dissolving parliament next week.

All we need now – in Japan, at least - is a cool name for the dissolution.

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Japanese media commentators and lawmakers usually label dissolutions to reflect the political sentiment of the time. In view of the chances of Aso leading the pro-business Liberal Democratic Party to a thumping defeat at the polls, the names put forward so far are bleak as can be.

“Death Throes Dissolution”, “Edge of the Cliff Dissolution” “Life-Threatening Dissolution” and “Suicide Bombing Dissolution” are some monikers already offered in the media.

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