Makoto Hirayama (平山 誠, Hirayama Makoto, born 12 May 1952 – 27 February 2018) is a Japanese politician. He served in the House of Councillors in the Diet (national legislature) from 2009 until 2013.

Makoto Hirayama
平山 誠
House of Councillors
In office
31 August 2009 – 28 July 2013
Preceded byYasuo Tanaka
ConstituencyNational proportional representation block
Personal details
Born (1952-05-12) 12 May 1952 (age 67)
Sayama, Saitama, Japan
Died27 February 2018
Political partyNew Party Nippon
Independent
New Party Daichi
Green Wind
Alma materKawagoe Technical High School

Hirayama contested the 2007 House of Councillors election as a member of New Party Nippon but failed to win a seat, finishing third in the party's national proportional representation block behind Yasuo Tanaka, the party's only successful candidate, and Yoshifu Arita. In August 2009 Tanaka nominated as a candidate for the Hyogo No.8 District of the House of Representatives in the 2009 general election. Tanaka's nomination meant he automatically forfeited his House of Councillors seat. On 22 August the House committee determined that Arita was his replacement, but he too declined the House of Councillors seat on the basis of wanting to contest the House of Representatives election. On 30 August Hirayama was declared the official replacement to the House of Councillors seat.[1]

Hirayama, who had resigned from the position of secretary-general of the party in May to start his own business, remained eligible because he had not resigned his membership from the party. Under the open list system used to elect members to the proportional representation block, Hirayama inherited the 618,025 ballots cast for Tanaka and Arita[2] as well as the 1.1 million votes cast in the party's name (under the system, a voter can vote for an individual candidate or the party as a whole). Therefore, Hirayama was elected to the House despite personally receiving only 11,475[2] of the 58.9 million votes cast in the 2007 election,[3] the lowest number for a successful candidate in the history of the House. In the initial voting he placed 115th out of the 159 candidates competing for 48 seats.[3] Of the 48 successful candidates in the original vote, Yoshiki Yamashita of the Japanese Communist Party had the lowest number of votes with 55,911.[3]

Upon entering the Diet Hirayama commenced a dispute with Tanaka, who was successful in the House of Representatives election and became the party's sole member of that House, concerning the distribution of the party's electoral funds. He soon resigned from the New Party Nippon and later joined the New Party Daichi followed by Green Wind. He contested the 2013 House of Councillors election in the Aichi at-large district but was unsuccessful, finishing in 7th place out of 10 candidates and winning 2.1% of the vote (the top three candidates were elected).[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "平成19年7月29日執行の参議院比例代表選出議員選挙における当選人の繰上補充の選挙会において決定された事項" [Decision concerning a replacement candidate for the House of Councillors proportional representation block from the election held 29 July 2007] (PDF) (in Japanese). Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "比例代表 新党日本" [Proportional Representation Block] (in Japanese). Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "党派別名簿登載者別得票数、当選人数(比例代表)" [Votes cast and number of candidates elected by party (proportional representation list)] (in Japanese). Ministry of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  4. ^ "選挙区 愛知 選挙結果 参議院選挙(参院選)2013" [Aichi District House of Councillors Election Results 2013] (in Japanese). Retrieved 21 January 2016.