Shiga 2nd district

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Shiga 2nd district (Shiga[-ken dai-]ni-ku) is a single-member electoral district for the House of Representatives, the lower house of the National Diet of Japan. It covers Northeastern Shiga, today namely the cities of Hikone, Nagahama, Maibara, the dissolved towns of Aitō and Kotō in present-day Higashiōmi City and the former counties of Echi and Inukami. The district borders were redrawn in the 2002 redistricting and reapportionment, before that it had reached further to the South and covered Yōkaichi and Ōmihachiman cities and all of Echi, Kanzaki and Gamō counties. As of 2012, 264,168 voters resided in the district.[1]

Shiga 2nd district was initially won by Masayoshi Takemura of New Party Harbinger (NPH), the former three-term governor of Shiga who had represented the five-member Shiga At-large district before the electoral reform since 1986 and was Chief Cabinet Secretary in the anti-LDP coalition Hosokawa Cabinet and Minister of Finance in the LDP-JSP-NPH Murayama Cabinet. In the 2000 Representatives election, he ran as an independent with Democratic Party support and lost to Liberal Democrat Akira Konishi. Konishi died in 2001, the resulting by-election was won by his younger brother Osamu. But in the general House of Representatives election of 2003, Democrat Issei Tajima narrowly beat Konishi who won a seat in the proportional vote. In the "postal election" of 2005, Tajima defended the seat as Konishi ran as independent postal privatization rebel and the LDP sent "assassin" candidate Yūji Fujii. Fujii won a proportional seat in 2005, but lost it in 2009 as Tajima won the district race by a large margin; in 2010, Fujii was elected mayor of Nagahama City. In the 2012 House of Representatives election, Ken'ichirō Ueno who had represented the 1st district for the Liberal Democrats between 2005 and 2009 moved to the 2nd district and beat Tajima.

List of Representatives[edit]

Representative Party Dates Notes
Masayoshi Takemura NPH 1996–2000 Left NPH in 1998
Akira Konishi LDP 2000–2001 Died in office
Osamu Konishi LDP 2001–2003
Issei Tajima DPJ 2003–2012
Ken'ichirō Ueno LDP 2012– Incumbent

Election results[edit]

2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
LDP (NK) Ken'ichirō Ueno 67,182 43.3
DPJ (PNP) Issei Tajima 48,924 31.5
YP (JRP) Yoshiyuki Yoichi 26,978 17.4
JCP Mutsuko Nakagawa 12,084 7.8
2009[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DPJ (PNP) Issei Tajima 109,885 61.0
LDP (NK) Yūji Fujii 66,959 37.2
HRP Nobutaka Ikeda 3,205 1.8
Turnout 183,270 69.71
2005[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DPJ Issei Tajima 67,481 38.5
LDP Yūji Fujii (won Kinki PR seat) 54,067 30.8
Independent Osamu Konishi 43,416 24.8
JCP Kazuyo Maruoka 10,413 5.9
Turnout 177,450 68.36
2003[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DPJ Issei Tajima 69,620 44.9
LDP Osamu Konishi (won Kinki PR seat) 65,033 41.9
Independent Ryūji Kawashima 11,814 7.6
JCP Shin'ichi Sakai 8,741 5.6
Turnout 157,333 61.11
October 28, 2001 by-election[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
LDP Osamu Konishi 99,572 52.0
DPJ Issei Tajima 76,154 39.8
JCP Etsuko Narumiya 15,765 8.2
2000[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
LDP Akira Konishi 125,625 45.7
Independent (DPJ) Masayoshi Takemura 115,322 42.0
JCP Akihiko Hiyama 33,660 12.3
1996[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
NPH Masayoshi Takemura 107,053 43.0
LDP Akira Konishi 79,136 31.8
NFP Tsutomu Matsumura 35,192 14.1
JCP Kan Kikuchi 27,595 11.1
Turnout 254,262 62.65

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministry of general affairs: 平成24年9月2日現在選挙人名簿及び在外選挙人名簿登録者数
  2. ^ "総選挙2012>開票結果 小選挙区 滋賀". Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  3. ^ "第45回衆議院議員選挙 - 滋賀2区". ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). VoiceJapan. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  4. ^ "第44回衆議院議員選挙 - 滋賀2区". ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). K.K. VoiceJapan. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  5. ^ "第43回衆議院議員選挙 - 滋賀2区". ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). K.K. VoiceJapan. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  6. ^ "第42回衆議院議員補欠選挙 - 滋賀2区". ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). K.K. VoiceJapan. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  7. ^ "第42回衆議院議員選挙 - 滋賀2区". ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). K.K. VoiceJapan. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  8. ^ "第41回衆議院議員選挙 - 滋賀2区". ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). K.K. VoiceJapan. Retrieved 2013-04-01.