International Snapshot: Japan
Parliamentary Election, September 2005

By David Moon
Published September 25th 2005

The results of Japanís September 2005 parliamentary elections have been held up by the Japanese media as demonstrating a stunning mandate for Prime Minster Junichiro Koizumi, leader of the nationís Liberal Democratic Party. FairVoteís analysis of the election results, however, indicates that this mandate was far from clear, with Koizumiís party in fact winning just 38% of the popular vote. As our International Spotlight research series demonstrates, time and again, a nationís choice of electoral system often has just as much impact on the election results, as candidate or party popularity and other factors.

 
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