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After Typhoon Hagibis caused extensive damage in Japan earlier this month, it is now increasingly unlikely that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will dissolve the House of Representatives — the powerful Lower House of the Diet — by the end of the year for a snap general election, political observers have said.

Monday marked the midway point in the four-year terms of current Lower House members, who won seats in the chamber in the October 2017 election.

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