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If Prime Minister Shinzo Abe goes ahead with a plan to dissolve the Lower House and call a snap election next month, it will likely cost taxpayers around ¥60 billion to ¥70 billion — on par with the annual budget revenues of Bhutan.

According to internal affairs ministry data, around ¥61.7 billion to ¥74.6 billion in taxpayer money was used in each of the last six Lower House elections, held between 2000 and 2014. Bhutan’s budget revenues in 2016 stood at $640.4 million, according to the CIA World Factbook.

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