July 21, 2013, midnight
Voters in Japan elected 121 members to the House of Councillors / Sangiin last Sunday. Terms to the House of Councillors / Sangiin are staggered, with only half of the 242 seats being voted on in this election. In the election, 73 members were elected by single non-transferable vote, in constituencies ranging from 1 to 10, while another 48 members were elected by proportional representation. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), led by Shinzo ABE, won the most seats in the election, gaining 18,640,404 votes (34.95 percent) at the proportional representation tier. Overall, the LDP won 65 seats in the election, meaning that they now hold 115 seats in the House of Councillors / Sangiin. The New Komeito Party (NKP), which is in an alliance with the LDP, garnered 7,568,080 votes (14.33 percent) at the proportional level. The NKP picked up 11 seats in the election, bringing their total to 20 seats overall. As a result of these pickups, the LDP-NKP alliance is now in the majority House of Councillors / Sangiin, ending the divided Diet. The Democratic Party of Japan (DPH), which had ruled alongside its alliance partners in the House of Councillors / Sangiin, will now lead the opposition. In the election, the DPJ received 7,268,653 votes, winning 17 seats. At the proportional level, 52,816,886 Japanese voters cast their ballots, putting turnout at 50.81 percent of registered voters.