Japan PM Abe is expected to speak at a news conference today to announce a delay in the next scheduled sales tax hike (most likely he will announce it is delayed until April 2017), and call a snap election (December 14 the hot tip for the date)

  • the news conference is expected around or after midday Tokyo time (0300 GMT)
  • Or … he may wait until after chairing the meeting of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (1810 – 1830 Tokyo time, or 0910 to 0930GMT)