Japanese general election, 1955

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Japanese general election, 1955
Japan
1953 ←
27 February 1955 → 1958

  First party Second party Third party
  Hatoyama Ichirō.jpg Taketora Ogata 2.jpg Suzuki Mosaburo.JPG
Leader Ichirō Hatoyama Taketora Ogata Mosaburō Suzuki
Party Democratic Liberal Leftist Socialist
Seats won 185 114 89
Popular vote 13,536,044 9,925,477 5,683,312
Percentage 36.6% 26.8% 15.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Kawakami Jotaro 1952.JPG Hisao Kuroda 01.jpg Nosaka Sanzo.jpg
Leader Jōtarō Kawakami Hisao Kuroda Sanzō Nosaka
Party Rightist Socialist Labourers and Farmers Party Communist
Seats won 67 4 2
Popular vote 5,129,594 357,611 733,121

Prime Minister before election

Ichirō Hatoyama
Democratic

Elected Prime Minister

Ichirō Hatoyama
Democratic

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General elections were held in Japan on 27 February 1955. The result was a victory for the Japan Democratic Party, which won 185 of the 467 seats.[1] Voter turnout was 75.8%. On 15 November 1955, the Japan Democratic Party and the Liberal Party combined as the modern Liberal Democratic Party, which ruled Japan for more than a half century. The Rightist Socialist Party of Japan and the Leftist Socialist Party of Japan also merged to form the Social Democratic Party of Japan, which was Japan's largest opposition party in the 1955 system.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/-
Japan Democratic Party 13,536,044 36.6 185 New
Liberal Party 9,925,477 26.8 114 -88
Leftist Socialist Party of Japan 5,683,312 15.4 89 +17
Rightist Socialist Party of Japan 5,129,594 13.9 67 +1
Japanese Communist Party 733,121 2.0 2 +1
Other parties 813,784 2.2 5 -1
Independents 1,193,507 3.2 5 -2
Invalid/blank votes 319,499 - - -
Total 37,334,338 100 467 +1
Source: Nohlen et al.
Vote share
JDP
  
36.57%
LP
  
26.81%
JSP
  
15.35%
SDPJ
  
13.86%
JCP
  
1.98%
Independents
  
3.22%
Others
  
2.20%
Parliament seats
JDP
  
39.61%
LP
  
24.41%
JSP
  
19.06%
SDPJ
  
14.35%
JCP
  
0.43%
Independents
  
1.07%
Others
  
1.07%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen D, Grotz F, & Hartmann C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p 381. ISBN 0-19-924959-8