The House of Representatives would be dissolved on Thursday, he said.
"Even if there is a contingency during the election, I am confident that we can respond properly", Koichi said on public broadcaster NHK. While highlighting his government's resolve to protect the people's lives and properties, he said, "North Korea's threats should never influence the election, which is the point of origin for democracy".
Mr Abe warned that global credibility was on the line, saying North Korea is on the threshold of mastering hydrogen bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles that would be able to strike the US.
Nearly two-thirds of Japanese voters are opposed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling a snap election, a Kyodo news agency survey showed on Sunday, a day before the Japanese leader is expected to announce an October vote.
While the consensus is that the LDP/New Komeito coalition should retain its two-thirds majority, Yasunori Iwanaga, chief investment officer at Amundi Japan, warns that if Tokyo mayor Yuriko Koike's Kibo party gains significant votes in the election, Abe may have to reassess his plans.
According to the survey, 27 percent of the respondents plan to vote for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in proportional representation districts in the expected lower house election, versus 8 percent who favor the struggling main opposition Democratic Party.
Abe's move has a striking similarity with the UK's PM Theresa May's decision to call for snap elections in April this year when her Conservative Party held a lead in polls over the Labour Party.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has repeatedly shown a willingness to take calculated risks to advance his goals. The premier said he would make use of revenues from a planned increase in the nation's consumption tax in October 2019 to 10 percent from 8 percent now.
Regarding the recent favoritism scandals that brought down his support ratings, Abe said he expects a "tough election" with harsh criticisms from opposition parties. But he does face some headwinds: nearly two-thirds of the public disapprove of the decision to fast-track the elections, and 42% polled said they are undecided about whom to support.
"Our ideal is to proceed free of special interests", Koike, a former LDP member, told a news conference on Monday, just hours before Abe's announcement.
The opposition may be justified in criticizing the prime minister for attempting to hide the scandals from more scrutiny before going to the polls. The latest poll numbers are on his side, too: Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) now enjoys 44% support over a frayed and divided opposition.
The Argentine, who once spent an ill-fated season on loan at Newcastle, seems to have rediscovered his goalscoring touch. Shakhtar also kicked off their group campaign in winning fashion, beating Italian outfit Napoli 2-1 in the Ukraine.
Megyn Kelly is being criticized for her first episode of Megyn Kelly Today in which she interviewed the cast of Will & Grace . But, of course, things got more amped up when Karen and "Just Jack! " hit the stage.
This type casting is a logical outcome of the penetration of Hindutva supporters in institutions of higher education. Students from the boys' hostel allegedly pelted stones at the police and even used petrol bombs on Saturday evening.
But Judge's 50th homer of the year in the seventh was immediately followed by Gary Sanchez's 33rd homer of the year. Sabathia was credited with the win for the Yankees for working six innings and giving up four hits and three runs.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said his country may conduct a "historic" hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean. In case the U.S. leader doesn't recertify the nuclear agreement in mid-October, Tehran will consider options in response.
One month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, motorists Monday were finally seeing consistent declines in gas prices. Prices remain higher than normal in the Southeast, which normally enjoys some of the lowest fuel prices in the nation.
The $11 wage is higher than the minimum wage in 48 states, and it matches amounts in MA and Washington, Target says. Target's latest announcement contrasts with how it responded in recent years to Wal-Mart's wage hikes.
Other churchgoers were taken to a safe location, the fire department confirmed. " This is a mass casualty situation ". Joe Love lives across the street from the church and says two members ran to his door immediately after the shooting.
Ghana goal scorer, Sarfo continued from where he stopped in the first half as he kept on causing headache for the Nigeria defence. Ghana had also previously won the tournament in 2013 when the country hosted it.
Weiner darted to his auto after reading his statement without taking questions, and he will report to prison on November 6. Prosecutors said he broke the law by having illicit contact with a 15-year-old girl using Skype and Snapchat.
While Samsung completely got rid of the side bezels, Apple made the smartphone forehead and chin obsolete. Based on concepts and patent designs the Galaxy X is expected to be a foldable phone and tablet hybrid.
Saudi King issues order allowing women to drive
He said the ministry would print a corrected copy of the book and had formed a committee to determine the source of the mistake. Sharif was instrumental in organizing groups of women for collective protests to demand an end to the ban on female drivers.
Quite a Change: Uber Loses London License
Khosrowshahi said in the letter that the company would still appeal the decision "with the knowledge that we must also change". Following the ruling, Uber now has 21 days to put forward an appeal, which will be heard by Westminster magistrates' court.
Darren Sproles' season over after dual injuries on same play
Sproles is among the NFL's all-time leading players in all-purpose yards and is one of the Eagles' most important players. He walked off the field on his own power but was slated for an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injuries.
No. 4 Penn State stuns Iowa with TD on final play
Their two major challenges come next month, as the Nittany Lions play MI and Ohio State in back-to-back weeks. Statistically, it is probably safe to say that yes, the Nittany Lions have been good enough against the run.
LDP's Fukuda to join Koike aide's planned party
The head of Abe's junior coalition partner, Natsuo Yamaguchi, said he understood the election would be held on October 22. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an election a year early and will dissolve parliament on Thursday.
Joseph Parker Beats Hughie Fury In Sloppy Bout
I'm going to find out who's behind boxing decisions like this. "I'm telling you now there are dark forces at work in boxing". His promoter Mick Hennessy was incensed after the fight however and told the BBC that he thought his man clearly one.
Health care groups oppose GOP bill
Turner said it is still possible Collins might be persuaded to vote "yes" on the bill or that supporters could change Paul's mind. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he plans to put the Graham-Cassidy bill up for a vote next week.