Japanese general election, 1908

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Japanese general election, 1908
Empire of Japan
← 1904 15 May 1908 1912 →

All 379 seats to the House of Representatives
190 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Kinmochi Saionji 2.jpg
Leader Saionji Kinmochi  –
Party Seiyūkai Kensei Hontō
Last election 133 seats, 33.5% 90 seats, 26.2%
Seats won 187 70
Seat change Increase54 Decrease20
Popular vote 649,858 288,243
Percentage 48.4% 21.5%
Swing Increase14.9% Decrease4.7%

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Prime Minister before election

Saionji Kinmochi
Seiyūkai

Subsequent Prime Minister

Saionji Kinmochi
Seiyūkai

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General elections were held in Japan on 15 May 1908.[1] The result was a victory for the Rikken Seiyūkai party, which won 187 of the 379 seats.

Electoral system[edit]

The 379 members of the House of Representatives were elected in 51 multi-member constituencies based on prefectures and cities. Voting was restricted to men aged over 25 who paid at least 10 yen a year in direct taxation.[2]

Campaign[edit]

A total of 900 candidates contested the 379 seats.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Rikken Seiyūkai 649,858 48.4 187 +54
Kensei Hontō 288,243 21.5 70 –20
Yūkōkai 99,690 7.4 29 New
Daidō Club 92,477 6.9 29 New
Others 212,377 15.8 64 +9
Invalid/blank votes 13,534
Total 1,356,179 100 379 0
Registered voters/turnout 1,590,045 85.3
Source: Mackie & Rose

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, p281
  2. ^ Mackie & Rose, p276