Turnout Put at 2nd-Lowest in Japan Lower House Election (News)


Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)—Voter turnout for single-seat constituencies in Sunday's election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, is projected at around 53.69%, the second-lowest in the post-World War II period, a Jiji Press estimate showed Monday.

The figure is higher than the post war low of 52.66% marked in the previous Lower House election in 2014.

The low voter turnout apparently reflected bad weather caused by the approach of a powerful typhoon.

In addition, voters' interest in the election apparently did not increase as media polls showed soon after the start of the official campaign period that the ruling camp led by the Liberal Democratic Party was taking a comfortable lead over opposition parties.

By prefecture, estimated turnout was the highest in Yamagata Prefecture, northeastern Japan, at 64.07%, and the lowest in Tokushima Prefecture, western Japan, at 46.47%.

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