ElectionGudie

Nov. 9, 2003 Held

61,196,418
Voted
Japan

Japan

Election for Dáil Éireann (Irish House of Representatives)

Results

58%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:61,196,418
Valid Votes:59,502,374
Invalid Votes:1,694,044

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Liberal Democratic Party 237 - 26,089,327

43.80%

Democratic Party of Japan 177 - 21,814,154

36.70%

Japan Communist Party 9 - 4,837,953

8.10%

Independents 11 - 2,728,118

4.60%

Social Democratic Party of Japan 6 - 1,708,672

2.90%

New Komeito Party 34 - 886,507

1.50%

New Conservative Party 4 - 791,588

1.30%

Independents Club 1 - 497,108

0.80%

Liberal League 1 - 97,423

0.20%

Others - - 51,524

0.10%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 480 seats in the House of Representatives (Shugi-in)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Emperor AKIHITO
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Junichiro KOIZUMI
  • Assembly: Japan has a bicameral Diet (Kokkai) consisting of the House of Councillors (Sangi-in) with 242 seats and the House of Representatives (Shugi-in) with 480 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Emperor is N/A N/A.
  • In the House of Councillors (Sangi-in), 98 members are elected by proportional representation to serve 6-year terms and 144 members are elected in multi-member constituencies to serve 6-year terms. In the House of Representatives (Shugi-in), 300 members are elected in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 180 members are elected by proportional representation to serve 4-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Social Democratic Party of Japan (SDP) / Shakai Minshuto
    • Leader: Takako DOI
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 6
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 19
  • Party: Japan Communist Party (JCP) / Nihon Kyosanto
    • Leader: Tetsuzo FUWA
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 9
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 20
  • Party: New Clean Government Party / New Komeito
    • Leader: Takenori KANZAKI
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 34
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 31
  • Party: Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) / Minshuto****
    • Leader: Yukio HATOYAMA
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 177
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 127
  • Party: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
    • Leader: Junichiro KOIZUMI
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 237
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 233
  • Party: New Conservative Party (NCP) / Hoshu Shinto
    • Leader: Hiroshi KUMAGI
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: N/A
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: 7
  • Party: Others
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this House of Representatives election: 17
    • Seats won in last House of Representatives election: N/A

**** The Liberal Party, which won 22 seats in the 2000 election, recently merged with the Democratic Party (DPJ).

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Last parliamentary elections were held on July 29, 2001.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 127,718,000 (2003)
  • Registered Voters: 102,306,684 (2003)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 65,343,366 (2003)

·         Is Japan a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Japan ratified CEDAW: Yes (25 June 1985)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes 

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 34 (House of Representatives); 38 (House of Councillors)

·         Human Development Index Position: 20 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Japan a signatory to CRPD: Yes (28 September 2007)

·         Has Japan ratified CRPD: Yes (20 January 2014)

·         Population with a disability: 19,157,700 (est.)