Japan PM calls election after postal defeat

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  • Monday, 08 Aug 2005

TOKYO (Reuters) - In the biggest gamble of his three-decade political career, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called a September election for parliament's powerful lower house on Monday in hopes of a new mandate for reform. 

The decision to call a snap poll followed the defeat in parliament's upper house of bills to privatise Japan's vast postal system -- the core of Koizumi's agenda for change. 

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