Japanese conservative coalition expected to save majority of seats

19:46, 31 October 2021
Japanese conservative coalition expected to save majority of seats Photo: Luiz Rampelotto/ Look Press

Exit polls show that the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has achieved its goal of keeping the majority of seats in the parliamentary elections.

According to the preliminary results of this Sunday’s Japanese general elections, Fumio Kishida's ruling Liberal Democratic Party will save the majority of seats in the lower chamber of Parliament despite experiencing losses. Therefore, the recently appointed Prime Minister will remain in power.

Japanese media report that the coalition which consists of the LDP and Komeito (center-right) is likely to take a total of 239-288 seats. This exceeds the threshold of 233 to win the majority of seats in Japan’s House of Representatives of 465 seats.

However, the results are forecasted to be considerably worse for the ruling party which won 276 seats alone in the previous election.

Kishida, who unexpectedly announced the elections at the beginning of October, has already promised he would analyze the results to eliminate the mistakes his party made.

Many Japanese were discontent with the government’s way of dealing with the global pandemic and precisely for holding the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. The other widely cited weak point of the ruling party is income inequality.

The opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), which gained 110 seats in the previous Parliament, is predicted to keep the second rank. It also formed a coalition for the elections, allying with the Japanese Communist Party.

The Japan Innovation Party, an opposition group that did not join the CDPJ-led alliance, is expected to gain around 30 seats thus tripling its previous result.

The ballots will be counted through the night and the definitive outcome is expected to be presented tomorrow morning.