NHK has just announced that the LDP will be holding a presidential election next Wednesday, September 19, with the campaign period opening this Friday, September 14.
Expect the contenders to begin positioning themselves over the next few hours.
The LDP is certainly wise to waste no time in preparing to select a new leader. Mr. Abe’s resignation may have already ruined whatever chances the governing coalition had in moving an agenda this Diet session, but the sooner he moves out of the Kantei the better.
Meanwhile, in the chaos of what’s being called a “Nagatacho earthquake,” the opposition will no doubt push hard for a snap election, arguing that a new government will enjoy no more mandate to rule than the outgoing Abe cabinet.