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Government Coalition Stays In Power

Date Posted: 2000-07-01

The ruling coalition managed to save its majority in the Japanese parliamentary elections held Sunday. They won a total of 271 seats in the 480-seat parliament. The Liberal Democratic Party remained the largest party with 230 seats. Its coalition partners New Komeito and the New Conservative Party got 28 and seven seats respectively.

The Democratic Party of Japan remains the largest opposition party with 124 seats, a sizeable increase from its pre-election strength of 95 seats. In Okinawa, Daiichi Shiraho representing New Komeito won a seat from the first district. Liberal Democrat Seiji Nakamura won the seat from the second district and socialist Michiko Tomon won the seat from the third district. Mikio Shimoji, a liberal democrat won a seat from Kyushu district.

Communist Seiken Akamine and Chiken Kakazu of the Liberal Democrats also won seats on representative votes. Michiko Tomon, the former Vice Governor under Okinawa’s former Governor Masahide Ota, is the first ever female candidate elected to the national parliament from Okinawa. The voter turnaround was 62 percent, slightly up from the previous elections when only 59 percent of eligible voters excercised their right.

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