Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved Parliament’s Lower House for a Snap Election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the Social Security System.

The Poll, announced on Monday and which comes a year early, will take place on 22 October.

Abe, whose ratings have risen to around 50 percent from around 30 percent in July, is gambling his ruling Bloc can keep its lower House Majority even if it loses the two-thirds “Super Majority” needed to achieve his long-held Goal of revising the post-war pacifist constitution to clarify the Military’s Role.

He said his Goal was for his coalition to retain a Majority in the Chamber.