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Japanese general election, 1955

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Japanese general election, 1955

Japanese general election, 1955

27 February 1955

  First party Second party Third party
Leader Ichiro Hatoyama Shigeru Yoshida Suzuki Mosaburō
Party Democratic Liberal Leftist Socialist
Seats won 158 114 89
Popular vote 13,536,044 9,925,477 5,683,312
Percentage 36.6% 26.8% 15.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party
Leader Jōtarō Kawakami
Party Rightist Socialist Communist
Seats won 67 2
Popular vote 5,129,594 733,121

Prime Minister before election

Ichiro Hatoyama

Elected Prime Minister

Ichiro Hatoyama

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General elections were held in Japan on 27 February 1955. The result was a victory for the Japan Democratic Party, which won 185 of the 467 seats.[1] Voter turnout was 75.8%. In 15 November 1955, The two Japan Democratic Party and Liberal Party combined as the modern Liberal Democratic Party, which ruled Japan for more than a half century. And then the Rightist Socialist Party of Japan and Leftist Socialist Party of Japan are also combined as Socialist Party,which was Japan's largest opposition party in the 1955 system.


Party Votes % Seats +/-
Japan Democratic Party 13,536,044 36.6 185 New
Liberal Party 9,925,477 26.8 114 -88
Leftist Socialist Party of Japan 5,683,312 15.3 89 +17
Rightist Socialist Party of Japan 5,129,594 13.9 67 +1
Japanese Communist Party 733,121 2.0 2 +1
Other parties 813,784 2.2 5 -1
Independents 1,193,507 3.2 5 -2
Invalid/blank votes 319,499 - - -
Total 37,334,338 100 467 +1
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Nohlen, D, Grotz, F & Hartmann, C (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p381 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
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