Japanese general election, 1928

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Japanese general election, 1928
1924 ←
20 February, 1928 → 1930

All 466 seats to the House of Representatives of Japan
234 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Tanaka Giichi.jpg Osachi Hamaguchi posing.jpg
Leader Tanaka Giichi Hamaguchi Osachi
Party Seiyukai Constitutional Democratic
Last election 112 seats
Seats won 218 217
Seat change +106 (New)

Prime Minister before election

Tanaka Giichi

Prime Minister-designate

Tanaka Giichi

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The 16th General Election of Japan of the House of Representatives was the first election in Japan after the diet passed the General Election Law. It was held on 20 February 1928. [1]


The ruling Seiyukai Party led by Prime Minister Tanaka Giichi won narrowly 1 seat against the opposition Minsei Party, which was led by Hamaguchi Osachi. Besides, neither Seiyukai or Minsei had an overall majority. As a result, a hung parliament was eventually produced. The turnout of the election was 80.36%. 12,409,078 men voted in the election. On the other hand, after the assassination of the Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin and the eventual resignation of Tanaka followed, a new Government will be formed under opposition leader Hamaguchi Osachi as the new Prime Minister in 1929.

Party Total
Seiyukai Party 218
Minsei Party 217
Constitutional Comrade Party 4
Reform Party 3
Labour-Farmer Party 2
Nippon Labor-Farmer Party 2
Socialist People Party 2
Others 2
Non-partisan 15
Total 466