Monday, June 24, 2013

Japan: Communist Party becomes second force in Tokyo - abstention reached 57%

The most notable feature of metropolitan elections in Tokyo was the outstanding level of abstention, reaching 56.5%, 11 percentile points above the last elections. 

The conservative Liberal Democratic Party - New Komei Party coalition (in power at state level) won 82 seats, followed by the Communist Party, with 17 seats (previously it had 8). The former second party, the Democratic Party, shrank to a mere 15 seats, with 13 seats going to minor forces.

The winning coalition therefore gathers quite less than 30% of the popular support: a clear legitimacy issue, even considering the weakness of the opposition. 

With 13 million inhabitants, Tokyo holds more than 10% of the Japanese population. 

Source: EXSKF.

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