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Sunday’s polls suggest ruling bloc misery in general election

  • April 26, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 9:13 p.m.
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Tokyo, April 26 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling bloc might lose to the opposition side in 10 of the 12 electoral constituencies in Nagano and Hiroshima prefectures in the next general election, a Jiji Press estimate suggested Monday.

The estimate is based on the results of two elections held Sunday to fill recently vacated seats in the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, one each in the prefectural constituencies of Nagano, central Japan, and Hiroshima, western Japan.

In the effective one-on-one races between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the opposition side, the LDP lost both.

If votes go to the ruling and opposition sides in a similar way in the next general election for the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber, ruling bloc candidates would garner fewer votes than those the opposition side in all five single-seat constituencies in Nagano and five of the seven single-seat constituencies in Hiroshima, according to the estimate.

LDP candidates would win about 100 and 3,400 more votes than the opposition side respectively in the No. 1 and No. 5 constituencies in Hiroshima but will likely garner fewer in the No. 2, No. 4, No. 6 and No. 7 constituencies.

In Hiroshima’s No. 3 constituency, a candidate to be fielded by Komeito, the LDP’s junior coalition partner, would garner about 3,700 fewer votes than the opposition side, according to the estimate.

In Nagano, candidates of the largest opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan would collect more votes than ruling bloc candidates in all five constituencies.

In the previous general election in 2017, LDP candidates lost in the No. 1 to No. 3 constituencies in Nagano and in the No. 6 constituency in Hiroshima.

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