1989 Japanese House of Councillors election
126 (of the 252) seats in the House of Councillors
127 seats needed for a majority
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Elections for the Japanese House of Councillors were held in Japan on 23 July 1989.
The election result was a setback for ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) because of the Recruit scandal, the introduction of a 3% consumption tax, and the involvement of Prime Minister Uno Sōsuke in a sex scandal.
This is the first time that the LDP lost the majority in the House of Councillors. Since 1989, due to the House of Councillors without a simple majority, LDP needs to cooperate and form coalitions with other parties.
The Japan Socialist Party-led opposition won a majority of seats.
|Party||PR seats||District seats||Total Elected 1989||Total|
|Liberal Democratic Party||15||21||36||109|
|Japan Socialist Party||20||26||46||66|
|Rengō no kai||0||11||11||12|
|Democratic Socialist Party||2||1||3||8|
- About Japan Series (1999), Changing Japanese Politics, No. 24, Tokyo: Foreign Press Center.
- Mahendra Prakash (2004), Coalition Experience in Japanese Politics: 1993-2003, New Delhi: JNU.
- http://www.binghamton.edu/cdp/era/elections/jpn89par.html[permanent dead link]
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