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Japanese general election, 1949

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Japanese general election, 1949

Japanese general election, 1949

23 January 1949
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General elections were held in Japan on 23 January 1949. The result was a victory for the Liberal Party, which won 269 of the 466 seats.[1] Voter turnout was 74.0%. It was the first election held following the enactment of the current Constitution of Japan.

Future prime ministers Hayato Ikeda and Eisaku Sato and future Foreign Minister and Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsuo Okazaki were first elected in this election.

The second cabinet of Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida was formed following the election.


Party Votes % Seats +/-
Liberal Party 13,583,289 44.4 269 New
Democratic Party 4,828,189 15.8 70 -62
Japan Socialist Party 4,129,794 13.5 48 -96
National Cooperative Party 1,041,879 3.4 14 -17
Japanese Communist Party 2,984,780 9.8 35 +31
Other parties 2,125,591 6.9 22 +14
Independents 1,898,997 6.2 8 -10
Invalid/blank votes 582,438 - - -
Total 31,174,957 100 466 0
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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