Japanese general election, March 1898

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General elections were held in Japan in March 1898.


A total of 605 candidates contested the elections; the Jiyūtō nominated the most with 233, Shimpotō had 174, Kokumin Kyōkai 52 and Yamashita Club 26. The remaining 118 candidates were independents.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Jiyūtō 105 –2
Shimpotō 103 New
Kokumin Kyōkai 29 –3
Yamashita Club 26 New
Independents 37
Total 300 0


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  • Mahendra Prakash (2004), Coalition Experience in Japanese Politics: 1993-2003, New Delhi: JNU[1].