Japanese general election, 1924

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General elections were held in Japan on 10 May 1924.[1] No party won a majority of seats, resulting in Rikken Seiyūkai, Seiyauhonto (which had split from Rikken Seiyūkai earlier in the year) and the Kakushin Club forming the country's first coalition government led by Katō Takaaki.

Electoral system[edit]

The 464 members of the House of Representatives were elected in 295 single-member constituencies, 68 two-member constituencies and 11 three-member constituencies. Voting was restricted to men aged over 25 who paid at least 3 yen a year in direct taxation.[2]

Campaign[edit]

A total of 972 candidates contested the elections, of which 265 were from Kenseikai, 242 from Seiyauhonto, 218 from Rikken Seiyūkai, 53 from the Kakushin Club and 194 from minor parties or running as independents.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Kenseikai 872,533 29.3 151 +41
Seiyauhonto 730,077 24.8 111 New
Rikken Seiyūkai 666,317 22.2 103 –175
Kakushin Club 182,720 6.1 30 New
Others 521,311 17.5 69 +22
Invalid/blank votes 25,310
Total 2,998,268 100 464 0
Registered voters/turnout 3,288,405 91.2
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