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Japan appears headed for December elections

Aides of Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone said Wednesday he had decided to dissolve parliament later this month and call a general election in mid-December. His decision had been conveyed to senior officials of the government and of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the aides said.

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The decision was intended to break the political deadlock in Japan that followed the conviction of former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka on Oct. 12 for taking a $2 million bribe from Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. Opposition parties have boycotted parliament, hoping to force a Tanaka resignation from the House of Representatives. But he has refused to quit.

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