Japan Election Day 2009

Sun, Aug 30, 2009

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Elections in Japan 2009

Japan Elections 2009

A general election in Japan was held on August 30, 2009, for all of 480 seats of the House of Representatives of Japan, the lower house of the Diet of Japan. On August 30, polls opened at 7 AM JST and closed at 8 PM. In the election, the opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) defeated the ruling coalition (Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and New Komeito Party). The LDP had ruled Japan since its formation in 1955, except for an 11-month period from 1993 to 1994. The DPJ received 42.4% of the votes cast, taking 308 seats to only 119 for the LDP (26.7% of the votes). Under the Constitution of Japan, this virtually assures that DPJ leader Yukio Hatoyama will be the next Prime Minister of Japan; he is expected to be formally named to the post in September 2009. The DPJ is to be a ruling party for the first time since its foundation in 1996.

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