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Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Thursday he will not dissolve the Lower House until the current terms of its members expire in three years while also pledging to address the sluggish economy and other pressing national issues.

“The Lower House members have three more years . . . I have absolutely no intention of dissolving (the Lower House) and calling for a general election,” Kan told a plenary session of the Upper House, which is dominated by opposition parties.

On the economy, he said, “I am resolved to go all out to respond swiftly and adequately to the current economic and job situation.”

He will have to seek cross-party cooperation to pass key bills in the face of the divided Diet.

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