Osaka 12th district

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Ōsaka 12th district (大阪12区 Ōsaka jūni-ku) is a single-member electoral district for the House of Representatives, the lower house of the National Diet of Japan. It is located in North-eastern Osaka and covers the cities of Neyagawa, Daitō and Shijōnawate. As of September 2012, 342,226 voters were registered district, giving its voters slightly above average vote weight.[1]

The current representative from the district is Liberal Democrat Tomokatsu Kitagawa (the son of pre-reform three-member 7th district LDP Representative Ishimatsu Kitagawa). In 2012, he was one of only three Liberal Democrats in Osaka to win a district seat. He had first won the seat in the "postal privatization" election of 2005. The first incumbent was Democrat Shinji Tarutoko who had first been elected to the House of Representatives in 1993 in the 7th district for the Japan New Party. After the electoral reform, he won the new single-member 12th district three times in a row before losing it to Kitagawa in 2005. In the landslide Democratic victory of 2009, Tarutoko regained the 12th district by a solid margin. He founded his own faction (Tarutoko group, officially: Seizankai) in 2010, ran for the DPJ presidency in 2010, became DPJ vice-secretary-general in 2011 and a minister of state in the Noda Cabinet in 2012. In 2012, he only finished third behind Kitagawa and Your Party's Ryōma Ishii.

List of Representatives[edit]

Representative Party Dates Notes
Shinji Tarutoko NFP 1996–2000 Joined Morihiro Hosokawa's From Five in the dissolution of the NFP, merged into Minseitō in 1998
DPJ 2000–2005 Failed re-election in the Kinki PR block
Tomokatsu Kitagawa LDP 2005–2009 Failed re-election in the Kinki PR block
Shinji Tarutoko DPJ 2009–2012 Failed re-election in the Kinki PR block
Tomokatsu Kitagawa LDP 2012– Incumbent

Recent election results[edit]

2012[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
LDPKōmeitō Tomokatsu Kitagawa 76,972 39.9 +3.8
YPJRP Ryōma Ishii 49,750 25.8 new
DPJPNP Shinji Tarutoko 49,153 25.5 -27.7
JCP Yoshiko Yoshii 49,153 8.8 new
2009[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DPJPNP Shinji Tarutoko 119,084 53.2
LDPKōmeitō Tomokatsu Kitagawa 80,847 36.1
JCP Hatsue Shigeta 19,053 8.5
HRP Mami Miyazaki 4,894 2.2
Turnout 227,536 66.61
2005[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
LDP Tomokatsu Kitagawa 108,903 49.6
DPJ Shinji Tarutoko 87,091 39.7
JCP Kumiko Ōta 23,595 10.7
2003[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
DPJ Shinji Tarutoko 82,190 44.6
LDP Tomokatsu Kitagawa (elected by PR)[6] 81,270 44.1
JCP Yōichi Nishimori 21,023 11.4
Turnout 189,056 54.81

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministry of general affairs: 平成24年9月2日現在選挙人名簿及び在外選挙人名簿登録者数
  2. ^ 総選挙2012>開票結果 小選挙区 大阪. Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  3. ^ 第45回衆議院議員選挙 - 大阪12区. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). Heartbeats Corp., originally JANJAN. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  4. ^ 第44回衆議院議員選挙 - 大阪12区. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). Heartbeats Corp., originally JANJAN. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  5. ^ 第43回衆議院議員選挙 - 大阪12区. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). Heartbeats Corp., originally JANJAN. Retrieved 2012-11-02. 
  6. ^ 第43回衆議院議員選挙 - 近畿比例区 - 自民. ザ・選挙 (in Japanese). Heartbeats Corp., originally JANJAN. Retrieved 2012-11-02.