1915 Japanese general election

General elections were held in Japan on 25 March 1915.[1] The Rikken Dōshikai party emerged as the largest party in the House of Representatives, winning 153 of the 381 seats.

1915 Japanese general election

← 1912 25 March 1915 1917 →

All 381 seats in the House of Representatives
191 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
Leader Kato Takaaki Hara Takashi Inukai Tsuyoshi
Party Dōshikai Rikken Seiyūkai Kokumintō
Last election 51.5%, 209 seats 28.5%, 95 seats
Seats won 153 108 27
Seat change New Decrease101 Decrease68
Popular vote 523,228 446,934 106,445
Percentage 36.9% 31.5% 7.5%
Swing New Decrease20.0pp Decrease21.0pp

Prime Minister before election

Ōkuma Shigenobu

Prime Minister after election

Ōkuma Shigenobu

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]

Results edit

Rikken Dōshikai523,22836.92153New
Rikken Seiyūkai446,93431.54108–101
Rikken Kokumintō106,4457.5127–68
Ōkuma Shigenobu supporters55,6843.9312New
Valid votes1,417,07599.47
Invalid/blank votes7,5700.53
Total votes1,424,645100.00
Registered voters/turnout1,546,41192.13
Source: Mackie & Rose, Statistics Bureau of Japan

References edit

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