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1947 Japanese House of Councillors election

House of Councillors elections were held in Japan on 20 April 1947.[1] The Japan Socialist Party won more seats than any other party, although independents emerged as the largest group in the House. Most independents joined the Ryokufūkai parliamentary group in the first Diet session making it the largest group, and Ryokufūkai member Tsuneo Matsudaira was elected the first president of the House of Councillors.

1947 Japanese House of Councillors election

April 20, 1947 1950 →

250 seats in the House of Councillors
126 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Tetsu Katayama Ichirō Hatoyama Ishiguro Takeshige
Party Socialist Liberal Democratic
Seats won 47 38 28
Popular vote 3,479,814 1,360,456 2,989,132
Percentage 16.4% 6.4% 14.1%

  Fourth party Fifth party
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Leader Takeo Miki Kyuichi Tokuda
Party National Cooperative Communist
Seats won 9 4
Popular vote 549,916 610,948
Percentage 2.6% 2.9%

President of the House of Councillors-designate

Tsuneo Matsudaira
Socialist

ResultsEdit

Party Constituency National Total seats
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Japan Socialist Party 4,901,341 23.0 30 3,479,814 16.4 17 47
Liberal Party 3,769,704 17.7 30 1,508,087 7.1 8 38
Democratic Party 2,989,132 14.1 22 1508,087 7.1 6 28
National Cooperative Party 978,522 4.6 6 549,916 2.6 3 9
Japanese Communist Party 825,304 3.9 1 610,948 2.9 3 4
Other parties 1,058,032 5.0 7 1,063,253 5.0 6 13
Independents 7,257,191 35.4 54 12,698,698 59.7 57 111
Invalid/blank votes - - - - -
Total 22,049,226 100 150 21,271,172 100 100 250
Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

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