Japanese general election, 1949

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Japanese general election, 1949
Japan
1947 ←
23 January 1949 → 1952
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General elections were held in Japan on 23 January 1949. The result was a victory for the Liberal Party, which won 269 of the 466 seats.[1] Voter turnout was 74.0%. It was the first election held following the enactment of the current Constitution of Japan.

Future prime ministers Hayato Ikeda and Eisaku Sato and future Foreign Minister and Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsuo Okazaki were first elected in this election.

The second cabinet of Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida was formed following the election.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/-
Liberal Party 13,583,289 44.4 269 New
Democratic Party 4,828,189 15.8 70 -62
Social Democratic Party of Japan 4,129,794 13.5 48 -96
Japanese Communist Party 2,984,780 9.8 35 +31
National Cooperative Party 1,041,879 3.4 14 -17
Other parties 2,125,591 6.9 22 +14
Independents 1,898,997 6.2 8 -10
Invalid/blank votes 582,438 - - -
Total 31,174,957 100 466 0
Source: Nohlen et al.
Vote share
LP
  
44.40%
DP
  
15.78%
SDPJ
  
13.50%
JCP
  
9.76%
NCP
  
3.41%
Independents
  
6.21%
Others
  
6.95%
Parliament seats
LP
  
57.73%
DP
  
15.02%
SDPJ
  
10.30%
JCP
  
7.51%
NCP
  
3.00%
Independents
  
1.72%
Others
  
4.72%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p381 ISBN 0-19-924959-8