Edano's CDPJ Wins over Unaffiliated Voters in Japan General Election (News)
Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)—The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan was the top pick for unaffiliated voters in proportional representation blocs in Sunday's House of Representatives election, Jiji Press exit polls showed.
The CDPJ, a center-left party set up by former Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano Yukio and like-minded liberal defectors from the splintering Democratic Party just before the election, drew support from 28.0% of unaffiliated voters.
The party secured its place as the largest opposition force in the Lower House.
CDPJ leader Edano, speaking at a press conference Sunday, said that his party's strong showing was because it focused on policies, not political maneuvering. "Politics should not be a power game," he said.
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko's Party of Hope, which was also created soon before the election and also took in DP members, came third with 19.6%.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]