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Abe said he was "deeply moved" at the "smooth decision" taken after a special meeting of the Imperial Council to decide on the date.
Donald Trump's trip to Japan will be remembered for the lighter moments as much as for the high-level diplomacy.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, standing just behind Trump, appeared to break out in laughter at his boss's no-nonsense approach to koi feeding.
Abe and Trump played golf when the Japanese prime minister visited the United States in February, with the Japanese leader keen to stress that his skills were not on a par with Trump's.
An exit poll conducted by Kyodo News showed more than half of voters (51%) do not trust their prime minister, while a survey by the liberal Asahi Shimbun found 47 % of those questioned would like to see someone else in charge of Japan.
Abe said the comfortable election win had stiffened his resolve to tackle North Korea's nuclear threat, as the key US regional ally seeks to step up pressure on Pyongyang after it fired two missiles over Japan in the space of a month.
Abe's coalition is on track to win around 300 seats in the 465-seat lower house of parliament, according to a projection published by the Nikkei daily.
Akihito's eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne the next day on April 1.
Abe seemed born to lead Japan, the latest in three generations of powerful politicians.
Abe's conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is projected to win as many as 303 of the 465 seats up for grabs in the October 22 election, according to a poll by the Mainichi Shimbun.
The 12-day campaign will be fought around reviving Japan's once world-beating economy and the ever-present threat of North Korea which has threatened to "sink" the country into the sea.
Voters in the world's third-biggest economy are expected to go to the polls on October 22, as Abe seeks a fresh popular mandate for his hardline stance on North Korea and a new tax plan.
Polls show voters generally approve of Abe's hawkish policy on Pyongyang -- which fired two missiles over Japan in the space of a month -- and he is counting on the electorate seeing him as a steady pair of hands.
Abe floated the idea of holding a vote on October 22 or October 29 in meetings with senior ruling party officials, Jiji Press and the Asahi Shimbun reported, citing unnamed government and ruling party sources.
Calling for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, he said Japan would "strongly call for increased pressure on North Korea in cooperation with the international community".
Analysts say Japan's comeback kid has an ace up his sleeve likely to seal his rule for at least another year and possibly longer.
Many in Japan feel the attacks amount to war crimes and atrocities because they targeted civilians and due to the unprecedented destructive nature of the weapons.
Inada, a close confidante of Abe who shares his staunchly nationalist views, was appointed defence minister in August 2016, a time when she was touted as a possible future leader.
Abe, in Europe for a summit of leaders of the G20 grouping of nations, told traveling media he would retain core officials in the reshuffle of the cabinet and ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) officials planned for August.
Gerry Curtis, professor emeritus at Columbia University, said Japan’s political landscape could be set for a shake-up if Koike’s party and its allies win big.
The claims centre on documents that suggested the education ministry was pressured to grant approval for a new veterinary school run by one of Abe's old university buddies.
The new law allows investigators to charge an individual or organisation which conspires to engage in terrorism or other serious crimes.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet signed off on the legislation and it will now be sent to parliament for debate and final approval.
Pence will try to reassure his jittery hosts that those decades-old security commitments are ironclad, a necessity made more acute after Washington's refusal to rule out military action against the regime.