[국제]Japan’s general election today… Liberal Democratic Party sole majority interest

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The first general elections for Japan’s Kishida cabinet, which took office earlier this month, are taking place across Japan today.

Attention is focused on whether the ruling LDP will be able to secure a majority in this general election, which elects 465 members of the House of Representatives, the equivalent of the National Assembly of Korea.

Contact the International Department for more information. Reporter Lee Dong-heon!

Is the general election in Japan going smoothly?

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Yes, the Japanese general election, which started all over Japan at 7 am today, is going smoothly.

The general election, which will be held for the first time in four years since October 2017, will end at 8 PM.

In this general election, a total of 465 members of the House of Representatives will be newly elected, including 289 from constituencies and 176 from proportional representatives for 11 blocks across the country.

Voting ends at 8:00 pm, and it is expected that the outline of the counting results will be revealed by the early morning of tomorrow.

The early voting turnout was 15.74% as of the 29th, two days before the election day.

About 16.62 million people voted in advance, and it was found that the early voting rate was nearly 1 percentage point higher than at the same time in the previous election.

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As the general election is held right after the Kishida cabinet took office earlier this month, interest is focused on whether the ruling LDP can secure a majority. How is the atmosphere in Japan?

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Yes, this general election is not only an early judgment against the Kishida cabinet, but also a stage for evaluating the ‘first-class Liberal Democratic Party’ political system that has been in existence for nearly nine years since Abe’s former prime minister.

The Japanese media believe that the coalition government of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeonging Party will be able to easily achieve a majority in the seats.

However, it is said that the biggest point to watch is whether the LDP can win a single majority.

Since regaining power in 2012, the LDP has won two-thirds of the total seats in the three lower house elections, including a single majority as well as a coalition with the ruling Komeito party.

However, there are ongoing observations that it is difficult to guarantee that the LDP will secure a majority of the seats in this general election.

This is because five opposition parties have a single candidate and the number of constituencies in which the ruling party is competing against the ruling party’s candidate reaches 213, or more than 70% of the total, and there are more areas of close combat than ever before.

Also, public opinion is not favorable to the ruling party due to the corona crisis.

Prime Minister Kishida, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, also lowered the win-loss standard of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to 233 seats, which is a majority of the seats in the general election.

Although it seems inevitable that the number of seats in the LDP will decrease in this general election, there are observations that Prime Minister Kishida’s status may be shaken if he fails to secure a single majority.

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So far, it has been delivered by the International Department.

YTN Lee Dong-heon (dhlee@ytn.co.kr)

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