Japanese general election, 1917

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Japanese general election, 1917
Empire of Japan
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All 381 seats to the House of Representatives
191 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Takashi Hara posing.jpg Takaaki Kato suit.jpg
Leader Hara Takashi Kato Takaaki
Party Seiyūkai Kenseikai
Last election 108 seats, 31.5%  –
Seats won 165 121
Seat change Increase57  –
Popular vote 504,720 467,518
Percentage 38.8% 36.0%
Swing Increase7.3%  –

  Third party
  Inukai Tsuyoshi.jpg
Leader Inukai Tsuyoshi
Party Kokumintō
Last election 27 seats, 7.5%
Seats won 35
Seat change Increase7
Popular vote 125,974
Percentage 9.7%
Swing Increase2.2%

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Prime Minister before election

Terauchi Masatake
Independent

Subsequent Prime Minister

Terauchi Masatake
Independent

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General elections were held in Japan on 20 April 1917.[1] The Rikken Seiyūkai party led by Hara Takashi emerged as the largest party in the House of Representatives, winning 165 of the 381 seats.

Electoral system[edit]

The 381 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]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Rikken Seiyūkai 504,720 38.8 165 +57
Kenseikai 467,518 36.0 121 New
Rikken Kokumintō 125,974 9.7 35 +7
Others 202,640 15.6 60 +12
Invalid/blank votes 6,321
Total 1,307,173 100 381 0
Registered voters/turnout 1,422,126
Source: Mackie & Rose, Voice Japan

References[edit]

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