1912 Japanese general election

General elections were held in Japan on 15 May 1912.[1] The result was a victory for the Rikken Seiyūkai party, which won 209 of the 381 seats.

1912 Japanese general election

← 1908 15 May 1912 1915 →

All 381 seats in the House of Representatives
191 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Saionji Kinmochi Inukai Tsuyoshi
Party Rikken Seiyūkai Rikken Kokumintō Chūō Club
Last election 187 seats 29[a]
Seats won 209 95 31
Seat change Increase22 New Increase2
Popular vote 689,613 381,465 113,834
Percentage 51.52% 28.50% 8.50%
Swing Increase3.12pp New Increase1.61pp

Prime Minister before election

Saionji Kinmochi
Rikken Seiyūkai

Prime Minister after election

Saionji Kinmochi
Rikken Seiyūkai

Electoral system edit

The 381 members of the House of Representatives were elected in 51 multi-member constituencies based on prefectures and cities. Voting was restricted to men aged over 25 who paid at least 10 yen a year in direct taxation.[2] 1912 was also the first year citizens in Okinawa could vote.

Results edit

Rikken Seiyūkai689,61351.52209+22
Rikken Kokumintō381,46528.5095New
Chūō Club113,8348.5031New
Valid votes1,338,50599.21
Invalid/blank votes10,6720.79
Total votes1,349,177100.00
Registered voters/turnout1,506,14389.58
Source: Mackie & Rose, Voice Japan

Notes edit

References edit

  1. ^ Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, p281
  2. ^ Mackie & Rose, p276