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2010 Japanese House of Councillors Election
2010 Japanese House of Councillors election

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121 (of the 242) seats in the House of Councillors
122 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Kan Naoto.jpg Tanigaki Sadakazu cropped.jpg Natsuo Yamaguchi-1.jpg
Leader Naoto Kan Sadakazu Tanigaki Natsuo Yamaguchi
Party Democratic Liberal Democratic Komeito
Leader since 4 June 2010 28 September 2009 8 September 2009
Last election 109 seats, 39.5% 83 seats, 28.1% 20 seats, 13.2%
Seats after 106 84 19
Seat change Decrease10 Increase13 Decrease2
Popular vote 18,450,139 14,071,671 7,639,433
Percentage 31.6% 24.1% 13.1%
Swing Decrease7.9% Increase4.0% Decrease0.1%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Yoshimi Watanabe cropped.jpg Kazuo Shii cropped.jpg Mizuho Fukushima cropped.jpg
Leader Yoshimi Watanabe Kazuo Shii Mizuho Fukushima
Party Your Communist Social Democratic
Leader since 8 August 2009 24 November 2000 15 November 2003
Last election New party 7 seats, 7.5% 5 seats, 4.5%
Seats after 11 6 5
Seat change Increase10 Decrease1 Decrease1
Popular vote 7,943,649 3,563,556 2,242,735
Percentage 13.6% 6.1% 3.8%
Swing N/A Decrease1.4% Decrease0.7%

  Seventh party Eighth party Ninth party
  Takeo Hiranuma0624 cropped.jpg Shizuka Kamei cropped Shizuka Kamei.jpg Y?ichi Masuzoe, Governor of Tokyo (cropped).jpg
Leader Takeo Hiranuma Shizuka Kamei Y?ichi Masuzoe
Party Sunrise People's New New Renaissance
Leader since 10 April 2010 31 August 2009 23 April 2010
Last election New party 4 seats, 2.2% New party
Seats after 3 3 2
Seat change Steady0 Decrease3 Decrease4
Popular vote 1,232,207 1,000,036 1,172,395
Percentage 2.1% 1.7% 2.0%
Swing N/A Decrease0.5% N/A

Seats won by

? - LDP ? - DPJ ? - NKP ? - JCP ? - SDP ? - YP ? - SPJ

? - NRP

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The 22nd Elections to the House of Councillors (?22?, Dainij?nikai Sangiingiin Ts?j?senkyo) for the upper house of the legislature of Japan were held on July 11, 2010. In the last election in 2007, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lost its majority to the Democratic Party (DPJ), which managed to gain the largest margin since its formation in 1996.[1] The House of Councillors is elected by halves to six-year terms. The seats up for election in 2010 were last contested in the 2004 election.


On 11 June 2008, a non-binding censure motion was passed by parliament's opposition-controlled House of Councillors against then Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. Filed by the DPJ and two other parties, it was the first censure motion against a prime minister under Japan's post-war constitution. Ahead of the G8 summit, it attacked his handling of domestic issues including an unpopular medical plan and called for a snap election or his resignation. On 12 June a motion of confidence was passed by the lower house's ruling coalition to counter the censure.[2][3][4] Fukuda abruptly announced he was retiring as leader. Taro Aso won the subsequent election, which was held on 22 September 2008.[5]

In the 2009 lower house election, the DPJ gained an historic majority, being the first non-LDP party to hold a majority in that house since the LDP's formation[6] and is scheduled to lead the second non-LDP government in the aforementioned time period (with upper house allies the Social Democratic Party of Japan and the People's New Party[7]). Following the election, Aso resigned as LDP president. Sadakazu Tanigaki was elected the leader of LDP on September 28, 2009.[8]

The House of Councillors election in 2010 was viewed as potentially leading to the extinction of the LDP. Some of the LDP's most popular councillors, such as Yoichi Masuzoe and Kaoru Yosano, left the party prior to the election. However, the DPJ's popularity had been negatively impacted by fundraising scandals surrounding its president Yukio Hatoyama and secretary general Ichiro Ozawa, both of whom resigned on June 2, 2010. Naoto Kan became prime minister after Hatoyama's resignation and proposed a controversial increase in the consumption tax to shore up Japanese public finances. The campaign season was only three weeks long, which frustrated efforts to have policy debates between the two major parties and the numerous third parties in the election.[9]

Election results

Results of the 2010 Japanese House of Councillors election.

The result of the election was declared on July 12, 2010. The ruling DPJ lost many of its seats and the opposition LDP gained more seats in comparison to the last election, held in 2007. Your Party performed well in this election, while the DPJ's junior coalition partner, the People's New Party, performed poorly.[10]

106 3 1 11 6 10 2 19 84
Democratic Party (Japan, 1998) P
Liberal Democratic Party

e o d Summary of the 11 July 2010 Japanese House of Councillors election results[11]
Alliances and parties Prefectural constituency vote National PR vote Elected in 2010 Seats
not up
Total seats +/-[12]
Votes % Seats +/- [12] Votes % Seats +/- [12]
   Democratic Party (DPJ) Minshut? - 22,756,000.342 38.97% 28 Decrease8 18,450,139.059 31.56% 16 Decrease2 44 62 106 Decrease10
People's New Party (PNP) Kokuminshint? - ? 167,555.000 0.29% 0 Decrease2 1,000,036.492 1.71% 0 Decrease1 0 3 3 Decrease3
New Party Nippon (NPN) Shint? Nippon - ? no candidate 0 1 1[13] Steady0
DPJ-PNP Coalition 22,923,555.342 39.25% 28 Decrease10 19,450,175.551 33.27% 16 Decrease3 44 66 110 Decrease13
   Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Jiy?-Minshut? -  : Jimint? - 19,496,083.000 33.38% 39 Increase14 14,071,671.422 24.07% 12 Decrease1 51 33 84 Increase13
New Komeito Party (NKP) K?meit? - 2,265,818.000 3.88% 3 Steady0 7,639,432.739 13.07% 6 Decrease2 9 10 19 Decrease2
New Renaissance Party (NRP) Shint? Kaikaku - ? 625,431.000 1.07% 0 Decrease3 1,172,395.190 2.01% 1 Decrease1 1 1 2 Decrease4
LDP-NKP--NRP Coalition (Opposition) 22,387,332.000 38.33% 42 Increase11 22,883,529.351 39.15% 19 Decrease4 61 44 105 Increase7
Your Party (YP) Minna no T? - 5,977,391.485 10.24% 3 Increase3 7,943,649.369 13.59% 7 Increase7 10 1 11 Increase10
Japanese Communist Party (JCP) Ky?sant? - 4,256,400.000 7.29% 0 Steady0 3,563,556.590 6.10% 3 Decrease1 3 3 6 Decrease1
Social Democratic Party (SDP) Shamint? - 602,684.000 1.03% 0 Steady0 2,242,735.155 3.84% 2 Steady0 2 2 4 Steady0
Sunrise Party of Japan (SPJ) Tachini - 328,475.000 0.56% 0 Decrease1 1,232,207.336 2.11% 1 Increase1 1 2 3 Steady0
Happiness Realization Party (HRP) K?fuku - 291,810.000 0.50% 0 Steady0 229,026.162 0.39% 0 Steady0 0 1 1 Steady0
Independents[14] 1,314,313.027 2.25% 0 Decrease2 -- 0 2 2 Decrease2
Other parties 318,847.000 0.55% 0 Steady0 908,582.924 1.55% 0 Steady0 0 0 0 Steady0
Total (turnout 57.92%) 58,400,807.899 100.0% 73 Increase1 58,453,432.438 100.0% 48 Steady0 121 121 242 Increase1

DPJ nomination strategy in multi-member districts

DPJ secretary-general Ichir? Ozawa had decided on an offensive strategy for nominating candidates in multi-member districts (MMDs): The DPJ was to nominate two candidates in all MMDs with the exceptions of Niigata where an SDP-affiliated independent incumbent was in the race and Fukuoka where a PNP incumbent sought reelection. This strategy was reaffirmed after Ozawa's resignation in June 2010[15] even though the DPJ's support rate had significantly fallen by then and winning both seats in a SNTV two-member district requires a very high margin in terms of party votes and an equal distribution of votes on the two candidates.

The strategy failed: all two-member districts split seats evenly between DPJ and LDP in 2010. In some districts the party even risked losing both seats due to vote splitting,[16] a danger that did not materialize in the election result.

The LDP on the other hand nominated only one candidate per MMD - exceptions being Miyagi, Chiba and Tokyo -, thus concentrating all LDP votes on one candidate.

The election results in MMDs gave 20 seats to the DPJ, 18 to the LDP, three to the K?meit? and three to Your Party. The only districts where the DPJ won two seats and an advantage in seats over the LDP were Tokyo (5 seats) where administrative reform minister Renh? received a record 1.7 million votes and Toshio Ogawa ranked fourth and DPJ stronghold Aichi (3 seats) where DPJ candidates only finished second and third behind LDP newcomer Masahito Fujikawa.

LDP gains

Part of the LDP victory were the results in the 29 single-member districts where the DPJ received roughly 7 million votes winning eight districts while the LDP received 8.25 million votes and 21 seats, among them seven pickups compared to the pre-election composition of the chamber:

  • Aomori, Akita, Tottori and Nagasaki from the DPJ
  • Kagawa and Tokushima from the NRP, both from former LDP members, and
  • Tochigi which had been a two-member district until 2010 with seats held by DPJ and NRP.

The LDP also gained seven additional seats in two-member districts, but exclusively seats it had previously lost by party switchovers or resignations:

  • in Hokkaid? from the Sunrise Party,
  • in Niigata where Naoki Tanaka had switched parties together with his wife Makiko from an SDP-affiliated independent,
  • in Gifu from an ex-LDP independent,
  • in Nagano a vacant seat previously held by the LDP,
  • in Hiroshima and Fukuoka from the PNP and
  • only in Shizuoka directly from the DPJ where the Democrats had held both seats up because of the resignation of Yukiko Sakamoto in 2009 and the DPJ's victory in the resulting by-election.

The vote in the districts with three (Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Aichi, ?saka) or five (T?ky?) seats up went clearly to the DPJ with a 3.5 million vote edge over the LDP, but produced only a two-seat difference in the House of Councillors: the LDP won six, the DPJ eight seats.

If compared to the 2004 election when the same class of Councillors was last elected, the LDP only gained five prefectural district seats and lost three seats in the nationwide proportional representation.

Complete list of prefectural races

Elected candidates in bold


  • All incumbents not running for re-election in their prefectural electoral district are counted as retirements even if they ran in the nationwide proportional representation
  • Miyagi is counted as an LDP hold because Ichikawa was an LDP member and remained with the LDP parliamentary group up to the election. He ran as an independent after failing to gain the party's official nomination in Miyagi.
Northern Japan
Prefecture Seats up Incumbents Party Result Candidates
(Party - endorsements)
Vote share
Hokkaid? 2 Yoshio Nakagawa Sunrise Incumbents retired
Democratic hold
Liberal Democratic pickup
Gaku Hasegawa (LDP) 34.3%
Eri Tokunaga (DPJ - PNP, NPD) 25.6%
Masahi Fujikawa (DPJ) 20.5%
Ken'ichi Nakagawa (YP) 11.6%
Kazuya Hatayama (JCP) 7.2%
Makoto ?bayashi (HRP) 0.8%
Naoki Minezaki Democratic
Aomori 1 Masami Tanabu Democratic Incumbent retired
Liberal Democratic pickup
Tsutomu Yamazaki (LDP) 46.8%
Rina Hatano (DPJ - PNP) 36.3%
Sekio Masuta (SPJ) 8.0%
Y? Yoshimata (JCP) 5.1%
Kiyohiko Yamada (SDP) 3.9%
Iwate 1 Ry? Shuhama Democratic Incumbent re-elected Ry? Shuhama (DPJ - PNP) 54.2%
Yukifumi Takahashi (LDP) 30.4%
Masahiro Isawa (SDP) 8.5%
Sadakiyo Segawa (JCP) 6.9%
Miyagi 2 Ichir? Ichikawa Liberal Democratic
(see note)
Liberal Democratic incumbent lost re-election
Democratic incumbent re-elected
Liberal Democratic hold
Yutaka Kumagai (LDP) 26.8%
Mitsuru Sakurai (DPJ - PNP) 24.4%
Hiromi It? (DPJ - PNP) 16.5%
Ichir? Ichikawa (I) 11.0%
Fumihiro Kikuchi (YP) 10.8%
Tetsuo Kanno (SDP) 5.2%
Mikio Kat? (JCP) 4.5%
Yoshiaki Murakami (HRP) 0.7%
Mitsuru Sakurai Democratic
Akita 1 Y?etsu Suzuki Democratic Incumbent lost re-election
Liberal Democratic pickup
Hiroo Ishii (LDP) 55.6%
Y?etsu Suzuki (DPJ) 38.3%
Kazuhisa Fujita (JCP) 6.1%
Yamagata 1 K?ichi Kishi Liberal Democratic Incumbent re-elected K?ichi Kishi (LDP) 43.6%
Y?sei Umetsu (DPJ) 36.8%
Hiroaki Kawano (YP) 14.6%
Toshio ?ta (JCP) 5.0%
Fukushima 2 Teruhiko Mashiko Democratic Incumbents re-elected Teruhiko Mashiko (DPJ) 34.4%
Mitsuhide Iwaki (LDP) 34.1%
Mitsunori Okabe (DPJ) 15.6%
Kazumasa Sugamoto (YP) 9.4%
Tomo Iwabuchi (JCP) 6.5%
Mitsuhide Iwaki Liberal Democratic
Eastern and Central Japan
Prefecture Seats up Incumbents Party Result Candidates
(Party - endorsements)
Vote share
Ibaraki 2 Hiroshi Okada Liberal Democratic Incumbents re-elected Hiroshi Okada (LDP) 38.7%
Akira Gunji (DPJ) 23.8%
Tomohiro Nagatsuka (DPJ) 15.9%
Shigenori ?kawa (YP) 11.7%
Rie Yoshida (SPJ) 5.1%
Nobutoshi Inaba (JCP) 3.9%
K?ki Nakamura (HRP) 0.9%
Akira Gunji Democratic
Tochigi 1 Susumu Yanase Democratic 1 seat lost by reapportionment
New Renaissance incumbent retired
Democratic incumbent lost re-election
Liberal Democratic pickup
Michiko Ueno (LDP) 36.2%
Susumu Yanase (DPJ - PNP) 35.6%
Daiju Araki (YP) 25.0%
Kazunori Koike (JCP) 3.2%
Tetsur? Yano New Renaissance
Gunma 1 Yukio Tomioka Democratic 1 seat lost by reapportionment
Democratic incumbent lost re-election
Liberal Democratic incumbent re-elected
Hirofumi Nakasone (LDP) 60.6%
Yukio Tomioka (DPJ) 31.2%
Setsuko Takahashi (JCP) 8.2%
Hirofumi Nakasone Liberal Democratic
Saitama 3 Chiyako Shimada Democratic Liberal Democratic and Justice incumbents re-elected
Democratic incumbent lost re-election
Democratic hold
Masukazu Sekiguchi (LDP) 20.6%
Makoto Nishida (K?mei) 18.7%
Motohiro ?no (DPJ) 17.5%
Chiyako Shimada (DPJ) 17.1%
Tsukasa Kobayashi (YP) 13.1%
Gaku It? (JCP) 6.5%
K?ji Nakagawa (NRP) 2.7%
Fumihiro Himori (SDP) 2.3%
K?sei Hasegawa (I) 1.2%
Hirotoshi Inda (HRP) 0.3%
Masakazu Sekiguchi Liberal Democratic
Makoto Nishida Justice
Chiba 3 Wakako Hironaka Democratic 1 seat gained by reapportionment
Democratic incumbent retired
Liberal Democratic incumbent lost re-election
Democratic and Liberal Democratic hold
Your pickup
Hiroyuki Konishi (LDP) 20.2%
Kuniko Inoguchi (DPJ) 19.3%
Ken'ichi Mizuno (YP) 17.9%
Ayumi Michi (DPJ) 17.4%
Kazuyasu Shiina (LDP) 14.9%
Kazuko Sait? (JCP) 6.2%
Hisashi Koga (NRP) 2.5%
Satoshi Shimizu (JIP) 1.1%
Masahiko Makino (HRP) 0.5%
Kazuyasu Shiina Liberal Democratic
Tokyo 5 Masaharu Nakagawa Liberal Democratic 1 seat gained by reapportionment
Democratic and Liberal Democratic incumbents re-elected
Justice incumbent retired
Justice hold
Your pickup
Renh? (DPJ) 28.1%
Toshiko Takeya (K?mei) 13.2%
Masaharu Nakagawa (LDP) 11.7%
Toshio Ogawa (DPJ) 11.4%
K?ta Matsuda (YP) 10.8%
Akira Koike (JCP) 9.1%
Yukiko T?kai (LDP) 4.9%
Hiroshi Yamada (JIP) 3.3%
Asako Ogura (SPJ) 2.0%
Hideo Morihara (SDP) 1.6%
K?tar? Umiji (NRP) 1.3%
Saori Egi (PNP) 0.9%
Y?mi Ishihara (I) 0.7%
Hiroko Tanaka (I) 0.3 %
Hissh? Yanai (HRP) 0.2%
9 other candidates 0.7%
Toshio Ogawa Democratic
Renh? Murata Democratic
Makoto Nishida Justice
Kanagawa 3 Akio Koizumi Liberal Democratic Democratic (1 of 2) and Liberal Democratic incumbents re-elected
Democratic (1 of 2) incumbent lost re-election
Your pickup
Akio Koizumi (LDP) 25.2%
Kenji Nakanishi (YP) 20.2%
Y?ichi Kaneko (DPJ) 19.2%
Keiko Chiba (DPJ) 17.9%
Kimie Hatano (JCP) 7.8%
Eiko Kimura (SDP) 2.9%
Takahiro Kai (NRP) 2.9%
Manabu Matsuda (JSP) 2.4%
Seiichi Yamamoto (I) 1.2%
Bunk? Kat? (HRP) 0.3%
Y?ichi Kaneko Democratic
Keiko Chiba Democratic
Niigata 2 Masamichi Kond? Independent Democratic incumbent re-elected
Independent incumbent (SDP parliamentary group) lost re-election
Liberal Democratic pickup
Naoki Tanaka (DPJ) 37.9%
Yaichi Nakahara (LDP) 35.5%
Masamichi Kond? (I - SDP) 17.2%
Katsutoshi Takeda (JCP) 6.3%
Satoshi Annaka (I) 2.1%
Ken'ya Kasamaki (HRP) 0.9%
Naoki Tanaka Democratic
Toyama 1 Tsunenori Kawai Liberal Democratic Incumbent retired
Liberal Democratic hold
K?tar? Nogami (LDP) 56.2%
Yoshihiro Aimoto (DPJ) 39.0%
Wataru Takahashi (JCP) 4.8%
Ishikawa 1 Naoki Okada Liberal Democratic Incumbent re-elected Naoki Okada (LDP) 55.5%
Akira Nishihara (DPJ) 38.5%
Mikiko Chikamatsu (JCP) 6.0%
Fukui 1 Masaaki Yamazaki Liberal Democratic Incumbent re-elected Masaaki Yamazaki (LDP) 51.2%
K?ta Inobe (DPJ) 42.3%
Kazuo Yamada (JCP) 6.5%
Yamanashi 1 Azuma Koshiishi Democratic Incumbent re-elected Azuma Koshiishi (DPJ) 43.0%
Noriko Miyagawa (LDP) 42.2%
Hitoshi Hanada (JCP) 7.4%
Naoyuki Nemoto (I) 4.5%
Takashi Kigawa (I) 2.9%
Nagano 2 Toshimi Kitazawa Democratic Democratic incumbent re-elected
Liberal Democratic pickup
successful "inheritance"
Kenta Wakabayashi (LDP) 26.4%
Toshimi Kitazawa (DPJ) 26.1%
Y?ko Takashima (DPJ) 19.6%
Y?sei Ide (YP) 16.6%
Sanae Nakano (JCP) 10.5%
Hiroaki Usuda (HRP) 0.8%
(last held by Liberal Democrat Masatoshi Wakabayashi)
Gifu 2 Iwao Matsuda Independent Independent incumbent retired
Democratic incumbent lost re-election
Democratic hold
Liberal Democratic pickup
Takeyuki Watanabe (LDP) 44.0%
Yoshiharu Komiyama (DPJ) 23.7%
Yasuo Yamashita (DPJ) 22.9%
Masanori Suzuki (JCP) 7.5%
Yukihiko Kan? (HRP) 1.9%
Yasuo Yamashita Democratic
Shizuoka 2 Hirokazu Tsuchida Democratic Democratic incumbent re-elected
Democratic incumbent retired
Liberal Democratic pickup
Shigeki Iwai (LDP) 32.3%
Y?ji Fujimoto (DPJ - PNP) 28.3%
Jun'ichi Kawai (YP) 20.9%
Naoko Nakamoto (DPJ - PNP) 12.0%
Hiromi Watanabe (JCP) 5.5%
Y?ta Nakano (HRP) 1.0%
Y?ji Fujimoto Democratic
Aichi 3 Katsuhito Asano Liberal Democratic Incumbents retired
Democratic and Liberal Democratic hold
Masahito Fujikawa (LDP) 28.6%
Yoshitaka Sait? (DPJ - PNP) 23.4%
Misako Yasui (DPJ - PNP) 21.1%
Michiyao Yakushiji (YP) 16.5%
Nobuko Motomura (JCP) 6.0%
Mitsuko Aoyama (SDP) 3.2%
Hiromi Nakane (HRP) 1.2%
Taisuke Sat? Democratic
Yoshitake Kimata Democratic
Mie 1 Hirokazu Shiba Democratic Incumbent re-elected Hirokazu Shiba (DPJ) 40.6%
K?hei Onozaki (LDP) 33.1%
Yukako Yahara (YP) 20.1%
Takeshi Nakano (JCP) 6.2%
Western Japan
Prefecture Seats up Incumbents Party Result Candidates
(Party - endorsements)
Vote share
Shiga 1 Kumiko Hayashi Democratic Incumbent re-elected Kumiko Hayashi (DPJ) 48.6%
Nobuhide Takemura (LDP) 32.3%
Takashi Kawauchi (JCP) 9.9%
Osamu Konishi (I) 9.1%
Ky?to 2 Tetsur? Fukuyama Democratic Incumbents re-elected Tetsur? Fukuyama (DPJ) 34.3%
Satoshi Ninoyu (LDP) 28.2%
Mariko Narumiya (JCP) 16.6%
Takuya Nakagawa (YP) 11.0%
Mitsue Kawakami (DPJ) 8.7%
Satoko Kitagawa (HRP) 1.1%
Satoshi Ninoyu Liberal Democratic
?saka 3 Motoyuki Odachi Democratic Democratic and Liberal Democratic incumbents re-elected
Justice incumbent retired
Justice hold
Hirotaka Ishikawa (K?mei) 22.1%
Issei Kitagawa (LDP) 18.1%
Motoyuki Odachi (DPJ) 17.9%
Mari Okabe (DPJ) 15.8%
Taiz? Kawahira (YP) 10.0%
Tadashi Shimizu (JCP) 9.4%
Nelson Yoshioki Yamawake (NRP) 2.7%
Akiko ?kawa (SDP) 2.2%
Yukiko Hamano (JIP) 1.3%
Toshiko Fukata (HRP) 0.5%
Eiichi Yamashita Justice
Issei Kitagawa Liberal Democratic
Hy?go 2 Shun'ichi Mizuoka Democratic Incumbents re-elected Shinsuke Suematsu (LDP) 29.4%
Shun'ichi Mizuoka (DPJ) 21.8%
Nobuhiko Isaka (YP) 17.6%
Maki Mihashi (DPJ) 17.3%
Terufumi Horiuchi (JCP) 8.4%
Aimi Yoshida (NRP) 4.5%
Yoshiaki Takagi (HRP) 0.9%
Shinsuke Suematsu Liberal Democratic
Nara 1 Kiyoshige Maekawa Democratic Incumbent re-elected Kiyoshige Maekawa (DPJ) 47.6%
Sh?z? Yamada (LDP) 39.3%
Atsushi ?ta (JCP) 13.1%
Wakayama 1 Y?suke Tsuruho Liberal Democratic Incumbent re-elected Y?suke Tsuruho (LDP) 56.8%
Kumiko Shima (DPJ) 32.7%
Masaya Yoshida (JCP) 10.5%
Tottori 1 K?tar? Tamura Democratic Incumbent retired
Liberal Democratic pickup
Kazuyuki Hamada (LDP) 50.8%
Mari Sakano (DPJ) 42.6%
Naoyuki Iwanaga (JCP) 6.6%
Shimane 1 Mikio Aoki Liberal Democratic Incumbent retired
Liberal Democratic hold
successful "inheritance"
Kazuhiko Aoki (LDP) 52.9%
Hirotaka Iwata (DPJ) 36.0%
Tomoo Sakurauchi (YP) 6.7%
Ikuhisa Ishitobi (JCP) 4.4%
Okayama 1 Satsuki Eda Democratic Incumbent re-elected Satsuki Eda (DPJ) 54.8%
Mika Yamada (LDP) 37.6%
Y?ichi Kawauchi (JCP) 7.6%
Hiroshima 2 Minoru Yanagida Democratic Democratic incumbent re-elected
People's New incumbent retired
Liberal Democratic pickup
successful indirect "inheritance" from Hiroshi Miyazawa
Y?ichi Miyazawa (LDP) 45.5%
Minoru Yanagida (DPJ) 24.5%
Kei Nakagawa (DPJ) 21.7%
Osamu ?nishi (JCP) 6.8%
Mitsuo Uematsu (HRP) 1.5%
Ikuo Kamei People's New
Yamaguchi 1 Nobuo Kishi Liberal Democratic Incumbent re-elected Nobuo Kishi (LDP) 57.8%
Daijir? Harada (DPJ) 35.2%
Daisuke Kisaki (JCP) 7.0%
Tokushima 1 Masakatsu Koike New Renaissance incumbent lost re-election
Liberal Democratic pickup
Y?suke Nakanishi (LDP) 38.3%
Masuko Yoshida (DPJ) 36.7%
Masakatsu Koike (NRP) 18.2%
Motonoru Furuta (JCP) 4.8%
Akemi Takeo (HRP) 1.0%
Takashi Toyokawa (I) 0.9%
Kagawa 1 Toshio Yamauchi New Renaissance incumbent retired
Liberal Democratic pickup
Yoshihiro Isozaki (LDP) 51.4%
Sumiko Okauchi (I - DPJ, SDP) 41.2%
Hitoshi Fujita (JCP) 7.4%
Ehime 1 Junz? Yamamoto Liberal Democratic Incumbent re-elected Junz? Yamamoto (LDP) 52.7%
Tomoko Okahiro (DPJ) 37.8%
Katsuhiko Tanaka (JCP) 7.7%
Akihiro K?ri (I) 1.8%
K?chi 1 Hajime Hirota Democratic Incumbent re-elected Satsuki Eda (DPJ) 37.5%
K?jir? Takano (LDP) 33.8%
K?hei Tamura (I) 15.6%
Naoaki Haruna (JCP) 10.7%
Toshihisa Fujishima (I) 2.4%
Southern Japan
Prefecture Seats up Incumbents Party Result Candidates
(Party - endorsements)
Vote share
Fukuoka 2 Tsutomu ?kubo Democratic Democratic incumbent re-elected
People's New incumbent lost re-election
Liberal Democratic pickup
Satoshi ?ie (LDP) 35.3%
Tsutomu ?kubo (DPJ) 30.7%
Masao Sat? (YP) 13.1%
Kaname Tsutsumi (I - DPJ, SDP) 8.0%
Kiyoshi Shinoda (JCP) 6.6%
G?tar? Yoshimura (PNP) 5.2%
Kazue Yoshitmi (HRP) 1.2%
G?tar? Yoshimura People's New
Saga 1 Hiromi Iwanaga Liberal Democratic Incumbent retired
Liberal Democratic hold
Takamaro Fukuoka (LDP) 60.5%
Michiko Katsuki (DPJ) 33.8%
Katsuhiro Yamaguchi (JCP) 5.7%
Nagasaki 1 Tadashi Inuzuka Democratic incumbent lost re-election
Liberal Democratic pickup
Genjir? Kaneko (LDP) 48.8%
Tadashi Inuzuka (DPJ) 38.6%
Norihiko Nakashima (YP) 8.6%
Eiko Fuchise (JCP) 4.1%
Kumamoto 1 Yoshifumi Matsumura Liberal Democratic Incumbent re-elected Yoshifumi Matsumura (LDP) 44.2%
K?ichi Honda (DPJ) 39.3%
Akiko Honda (YP) 11.4%
Yasuto Adachi (JCP) 3.4%
Takeo Maeda (JIP) 1.6%
?ita 1 Shin'ya Adachi Democratic Incumbent re-elected Shin'ya Adachi (DPJ) 48.7%
Kiyoshi Odawara (LDP) 42.6%
Kai Yamashita (JCP) 8.7%
Miyazaki 1 Shinpei Matsushita Liberal Democratic Incumbent re-elected Shinpei Matsushita (LDP) 58.6%
S? Watanabe (DPJ) 34.5%
Hiromitsu Baba (JCP) 6.9%
Kagoshima 1 Tetsur? Nomura Liberal Democratic Incumbent re-elected Tetsur? Nomura (LDP) 55.0%
K?ichir? Kakiuchi (DPJ) 38.4%
Haruki Yamaguchi (JCP) 6.6%
Okinawa 1 Aiko Shimajiri Liberal Democratic Incumbent re-elected Aiko Shimajiri (LDP) 47.6%
Hiroji Yamashiro (I - SDP) 39.7%
Tadayuki Iju (I - JCP) 10.7%
Tatsur? Kinj? (HRP) 2.0%

Proportional preference vote

Party Party list votes PR votes total PR seats won Top elected PR candidates with preference votes
Democratic Party 14,433,171 18,450,139.059 16 Yoshifu Arita 373,834.000 Ry?ko Tani 352,594.303 Masayuki Naoshima 207,821.000
Liberal Democratic Party 10,657,166 14,071,671.422 12 Satsuki Katayama 299,036.267 Yukari Sat? 278,312.851 Eriko Yamatani 254,469.000
Your Party 7,229,391 7,943,649.369 7 Takumi Shibata 87,863.000 Katsuhiko Eguchi 86,299.000 Hiroshi Ueno 52,051.578
New Komeito Party 3,555,970 7,639,432.739 6 K?z? Akino 836,120.000 Hiroaki Nagasawa 630,775.977 Shin'ichi Yokoyama 579,793.000
Japanese Communist Party 3,256,068 3,563,556.590 3 Tadayoshi Ichida 83,806.000 Tomoko Tamura 45,668.540 Mikishi Daimon 43,897.000
Social Democratic Party 1,614,821 2,242,735.155 2 Mizuho Fukushima 381,554.000 Tadatomo Yoshida 130,745.822
Sunrise Party of Japan 757,939 1,232,207.336 1 Toranosuke Katayama 117,636.923
New Renaissance Party 1,050,977 1,172,395.190 1 Hiroyuki Arai 65,250.743
People's New Party 481,892 1,000,036.492 0
Others 823,766 1,137,609.086 0

Notable defeated PR candidates included former Tokyo Metropolitan Assemblyman Tar? Hatoyama (NRP, 23,944 votes, rank 2), former Olympic gymnast Yukio Iketani (DPJ, 54,155 votes, rank 27), former Giants manager Tsuneo Horiuchi (LDP, 101,840 votes, rank 13), former Giants infielder Kiyoshi Nakahata (SPJ, 111,597 votes, rank 2) and pro wrestler Osamu Nishimura (PNP, 34,561 votes, rank 3).

See also


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  8. ^ Roland Buerk (2009-9-28) "Japan's LDP chooses a new leader" BBC Tokyo
  9. ^ Cucek, Michael (10 July 2010). "Japan's Meaningless Election". The Diplomat. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "asahi.com():DPJ defeated, coalition loses its majority in Upper House - English". Asahi.com. July 12, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  11. ^ Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications: Results of the 22nd House of Councillors election
  12. ^ a b c compared to the seats held before the election
  13. ^ independent member of the DPJ parliamentary group, not a member of New Party Nippon by the time he took his seat as replacement for Yasuo Tanaka: [1]
  14. ^ includes one OSMP member (not up), and one independent member of the SDP parliamentary group (seat lost in this election)
  15. ^ The Japan Times, June 18, 2010: DPJ sticks to Ozawa election strategy
  16. ^ The Japan Times, July 10, 2010: DPJ shoots itself in foot in Shizuoka. Ozawa's plan to field multiple candidates divides party's electoral base and lets in LDP

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