Ishikawa 2nd district

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Ishikawa 2nd district (石川[県第]2区, Ishikawa-[ken-dai-]ni-ku) is a single-member constituency of the House of Representatives, the lower house of the national Diet of Japan. It is located in Southern Ishikawa and covers the cities of Komatsu, Kaga, Nomi, Hakusan, Nonoichi and the (as administrative unit: former) Nomi county with only one remaining municipality: Kawakita town. As of 2012, 318,892 eligible voters were registered in the district giving it slightly above average voting weight.[1]

The district's first representative after the electoral reform of the 1990s was Liberal Democrat Yoshirō Mori (Machimura faction) who had represented the pre-reform three-member Ishikawa 1st district since 1969. In April 2000, Mori was elected LDP president uncontested to replace Keizō Obuchi who had suffered an eventually fatal stroke, but resigned after one year. In the 2009 election when the LDP-led coalition lost its majority, Mori narrowly defended his district against Democratic newcomer Mieko Tanaka. In previous elections, Mori's main challenger had been reformist conservative former Liberal Democratic prefectural assemblyman Yasuo Ichikawa (LDP→JRP→NFP→LP→DPJ) who was elected in the proportional representation bloc three times and went on to become Councillor for Ishikawa in 2007.

In 2012, Mori retired. His son and former secretary Yūki Mori had resigned from his prefectural assembly seat in 2010 over a car accident under the influence. He died in 2011. The LDP candidacy in Ishikawa 2nd district went to political newcomer Hajime Sasaki, a former director of a building management company from Nomi City. Sasaki safely held the seat for the LDP.

List of Representatives[edit]

Representative Party Dates Notes
Yoshirō Mori LDP 1996–2012 Retired
Hajime Sasaki LDP 2012– Incumbent

Election results[edit]

2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LDP (Kōmeitō, NRP) Hajime Sasaki 123,283 64.5
DPJ (PNP) Keiko Miyamoto 37,601 19.7
SDP Yūji Hosono 17,161 9.0
JCP Hiroshi Nishimura 13,184 6.9
2009[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LDP (Kōmeitō) Yoshirō Mori 123,490 50.2
DPJ (PNP) Mieko Tanaka (elected by PR) 119,021 48.4
HRP Satoshi Miyamoto 3,467 1.4
Turnout 250,019 78.8
2005[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LDP Yoshirō Mori 129,785 57.6
DPJ Yasuo Ichikawa 83,905 37.3
JCP Hiroshi Nishimura 11,515 5.1
Turnout 230,315 73.3
2003[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LDP Yoshirō Mori 114,541 55.6
DPJ Yasuo Ichikawa (elected by PR) 82,069 39.8
JCP Hiroshi Nishimura 9,342 4.5
Turnout 210,585 67.6
2000[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LDP Yoshirō Mori 142,457 64.4
LP Yasuo Ichikawa (elected by PR) 67,756 30.6
JCP Hiroshi Nishimura 10,859 4.9
1996[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
LDP Yoshirō Mori 105,586 51.7
NFP Yasuo Ichikawa (elected by PR) 80,534 39.4
JCP Hiroshi Nishimura 10,467 5.1
Independent Shigeichi Morohashi 7,793 3.8
Turnout 209,978 71.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC): 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 石川. Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  3. ^ 第45回衆議院議員選挙 - 石川2区. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). K.K. VoiceJapan. Retrieved 2012-01-11.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ 第44回衆議院議員選挙 - 石川2区. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). K.K. VoiceJapan. Retrieved 2012-01-11.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ 第43回衆議院議員選挙 - 石川2区. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). K.K. VoiceJapan. Retrieved 2012-01-11.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ 第42回衆議院議員選挙 - 石川2区. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). K.K. VoiceJapan. Retrieved 2012-01-11.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ 第41回衆議院議員選挙 - 石川2区. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). K.K. VoiceJapan. Retrieved 2012-01-11.  External link in |work= (help)