Japanese general election, March 1898

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Japanese general election, March 1898
Empire of Japan
← 1894 (Sep) March 1898 1898 (Sep) →

All 300 seats to the House of Representatives
151 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Itagaki Taisuke.jpg Shigenobu Okuma 5.jpg Yajiro Shinagawa.jpg
Leader Itagaki Taisuke Shimpotō Shinagawa Yajirō
Party Jiyutō Rikken Kaishintō Kokumin Kyōkai
Last election 107  – 32
Seats won 105 103 29
Seat change Decrease2  – Decrease3

Prime Minister before election

Itō Hirobumi

Subsequent Prime Minister

Itō Hirobumi

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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


  • Robert A. Scalapino (Ed. by) Robert E. Ward (1973), Political Development in Modern Japan, United States: Princeton University Press.
  • Mahendra Prakash (2004), Coalition Experience in Japanese Politics: 1993-2003, New Delhi: JNU[1].