National | ELECTION 2012 Dec 18, 2012

Communists, SDP struggle to remain relevant

The Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party, two small but enduring opposition groups in the Diet, lost seats in Sunday's general election as several "third-force" groups emerged to challenge the status quo. The JCP, headed by Kazuo Shii, slid from nine seats to ...

Inose wins landslide victory in Tokyo

National | ELECTION 2012 Dec 18, 2012

Inose wins landslide victory in Tokyo

Naoki Inose, a prizewinning writer turned Tokyo's deputy chief, won by a landslide in Sunday's gubernatorial election, garnering more than 4 million votes, the most ballots an individual has ever won, final returns showed Monday. Inose, 66, who was named by predecessor Shintaro Ishihara, 80, ...

National | ELECTION 2012 Dec 18, 2012

Ozawa only DPJ defector to win district

Ichiro Ozawa, the former leader of the Democratic Party of Japan also known as "the destroyer," was the only one of the party's 71 defectors to win a single-seat district Sunday. Ozawa, now a member of the newly formed Nippon Mirai no To (Tomorrow Party ...

Voter turnout plummeted to a record postwar low

National | ELECTION 2012 Dec 18, 2012

Voter turnout plummeted to a record postwar low

Voter turnout Sunday set a new postwar low for Lower House elections, the government said Monday. Turnout sank to 59.32 percent for single-seat constituencies and 59.31 percent for the proportional representation segment, according to the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. Both figures represent a drop ...

Economy, split of antinuclear vote, aided LDP

National | ELECTION 2012 Dec 18, 2012

Economy, split of antinuclear vote, aided LDP

by Ayako Mie

The economy prevailed over nuclear power in the minds of voters in Sunday's general election, dealing a setback to antinuclear parties, including the newly established Nippon Mirai no To (Tomorrow Party of Japan) and the Social Democratic Party. Even so, pundits and antinuclear activists insist ...