March 1898 Japanese general election

General elections were held in Japan in March 1898.


← 1894 (Sep) March 1898 1898 (Aug) →

All 300 seats to the House of Representatives
151 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Itagaki Taisuke.jpg Shigenobu Okuma 5.jpg Yajiro Shinagawa.jpg
Leader Itagaki Taisuke Ōkuma Shigenobu Shinagawa Yajirō
Party Jiyutō Shimpotō Kokumin Kyōkai
Last election 107  – 32
Seats won 105 103 29
Seat change Decrease2  – Decrease3

House of Representatives (Japan) March 1898.svg
House of Representatives conformation

Prime Minister before election

Itō Hirobumi
Independent

Subsequent Prime Minister

Itō Hirobumi
Independent

CampaignEdit

A total of 605 candidates contested the elections; the Jiyūtō nominated the most with 233, Shimpotō had 174, Kokumin Kyōkai 52 and Yamashita Club 26. The remaining 118 candidates were independents.

ResultsEdit

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Jiyūtō 105 –2
Shimpotō 103 New
Kokumin Kyōkai 29 –3
Yamashita Club 26 New
Independents 37 +3
Total 396,046 100 300 0
Registered voters/turnout 452,637 87.50
Source: Statistics Bureau of Japan

ReferencesEdit

  • Robert A. Scalapino (Ed. by) Robert E. Ward (1973), Political Development in Modern Japan, United States: Princeton University Press.
  • Mahendra Prakash (2004), Coalition Experience in Japanese Politics: 1993-2003, New Delhi: JNU[1].