World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Japanese House of Councillors election, 1980

Article Id: WHEBN0010325807
Reproduction Date:

Title: Japanese House of Councillors election, 1980  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: 1980 in Japan, Japanese general election, 1996, Japanese general election, 1952, Japanese general election, 1958, House of Councillors (Japan)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Japanese House of Councillors election, 1980

Japanese House of Councillors election, 1980

22 June 1980

126 (of the 252) seats in the House of Councillors
  First party Second party
Leader Masayoshi Ōhira Ichio Asukata
Party Liberal Democratic Socialist
Last election 125 56
Seats won 135 47
Seat change +10 -9

President of the House
of Councillors
before election

Ken Yasui
Liberal Democratic

Elected President of the House
of Councillors

Masatoshi Tokunaga
Liberal Democratic

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of

Elections for the Japanese House of Councillors were held in Japan in 1980. On 16 May 1980, the Japan Socialist Party (JSP) brought no-confidence motion before the Diet relating to corruption issues, proposing more defense spending and rises in public utility charges as reasons for the House of Representatives to withdraw its backing from the government. Unexpectedly, 69 Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) members of the Diet from the Fukuda Takeo, Miki Takeo and Hidenao Nakagawa factions abstained from voting on the motion. The government was defeated by 56 votes in total of 243 and resigned. For the first time elections for both the House of Councillors and the House of Representatives were called in June 1980. In the elections of both the houses the LDP gained a perfect majority.


Party National seats Prefecture seats Total seats 1980 Total
Liberal Democratic Party 21 48 69 135
Japan Socialist Party 9 13 22 47
Komeito 9 3 12 26
Communist Party 4 3 7 12
Democratic Socialist Party 4 2 6 12
Others 1 1 2 20
Independents 3 5 8
Total 50 76 126


  • About Japan Series (1999), Changing Japanese Politics, No. 24, Tokyo: Foreign Press Center.
  • Mahendra Prakash (2004), Coalition Experience in Japanese Politics: 1993-2003, New Delhi: JNU[1].
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.