Ruling Camp Certain to Have Won Majority of Upper House Contested Seats


Tokyo, July 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, are certain to have won a majority of the seats contested in Sunday's House of Councillors election.

The total number of seats won by the ruling bloc is believed to have reached 63 of the 124 contested seats in the triennial election for the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.

But it is still uncertain whether the ruling camp plus other forces supporting constitutional reform can maintain their current two-thirds majority in the 245-seat Upper House.

A total of 370 candidates vied for 74 seats in prefectural constituencies and 50 under the nationwide proportional representation system.

Following an election law revision last year, the total number of Upper House seats increased by three from the previous election in 2016 to 245.

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