Expected victory: The Liberal.Democratic ruling party won the election in Japan

Sour victory: The general election in Japan ended today (Sunday) with an expected victory of the Liberal Democratic ruling party that maintained its majority in the lower house of parliament (the Diet) despite weakening compared to the previous election.

The Liberal Democrats finished with 261 seats compared to 276 seats in the outgoing parliament, but they promised a solid majority out of the 465 diet seats that would allow them complete control over all committees. The Liberal Democrats’ partner, the Comito Party, reached 32 seats, a three-seat increase over the 2017 election.

On the other hand, the main opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party, also lost its power and finished with 96 seats compared to 109 in the previous parliament. The biggest leap was recorded by the far-right populist innovation party, which reached 41 seats compared to only 11 seats in the previous election.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who took office earlier this month, said earlier tonight that if the final results show that the Liberal Democrats have indeed retained their majority, then the party has won “valuable public trust”. However, commentators have noted that Kishida, who is attending the Glasgow climate conference, is not expected to make dramatic moves in foreign policy, especially vis-à-vis China, ahead of next year’s upper house elections.

Despite retaining the majority, the Liberal Democrats also suffered moral blows at the ballot box. The party’s secretary general, Akira Amari, announced his intention to resign after failing to secure his re-election, the first time the incumbent secretary general has not been elected. The former secretary general, Novotoro Ishihara, also failed in the vote, for the first time since he was elected in 1990.

By Editor

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