Japanese general election, 1908

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Results of the Japanese General Elections, 1908

The Japanese General Election of 1908 (第10回衆議院議員総選挙 Dai-ju Shūgiin Giinsōsenkyō?) was the Empire of Japan’s tenth general election for members of the House of Representatives of the Diet of Japan, held on May 15, 1908.

History and background[edit]

As with previous elections, the electorate was based on limited suffrage, with only male citizens 25 years of age and over, who had paid 15 Japanese Yen or more in national taxes, and who had been resident in their prefecture for at least a year, qualified to vote. The number of eligible voters who met this requirement was 1,590,045. The number of candidates for office was 900. Voter turnout was 85.29%.[1]


Political Parties Seats
Rikken Seiyūkai ( 立憲政友会?) 187
Kensei Hontō ( 憲政本党?) 70
Daidō Club (大同倶楽部?) 29
Yūshinkai (又新会?) 29
Independents (無所属) 64
Total 379


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  1. ^ Mason. Japan's First General Election, 1890.