1979 Japanese general election

Results of the 1979 general election in Japan for the House of Representatives. A total of 511 seats were contested:

 Summary of the 7 October 1979 Japanese House of Representatives election results[1][2]
Parties CandidatesVotes[3]%Seats+/-
(last gen. election)
   Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) 32224,084,13044.59%2481
   Japanese Socialist Party (JSP) 15710,643,45019.71%10716
   Japanese Communist Party (JCP) 1285,625,52710.42%3922
   Justice Party 645,282,6829.78%572
Democratic Socialist Party (DSP) 533,663,6916.78%356
New Liberal Club (NLC) 311,631,8113.02%413
Social Democratic Federation (SDF) 7368,6600.68%2(2)
Center-left opposition 15510,946,84720.25%983
  Others 3369,1010.13%00
  Independents 962,641,0644.89%192
Totals (Turnout 68.0%, incl. invalid votes) 89154,010,120100.00%5110
Vote share
LDP
44.59%
JSP
19.71%
JCP
10.42%
KP
9.78%
DSP
6.78%
NLC
3.02%
SDF
0.68%
Independents
4.89%
Others
0.13%
Parliament seats
LDP
48.53%
JSP
20.94%
KP
11.15%
JCP
7.63%
DSP
6.85%
NLC
0.78%
SDF
0.39%
Independents
3.72%
1979 Japanese general election

7 October 1979

All 511 seats to the House of Representatives of Japan
256 seats needed for a majority
Turnout68.01% (5.44%)
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Masayoshi Ōhira Ichio Asukata Yoshikatsu Takeiri
Party Liberal Democratic Socialist Komeito
Last election 260 seats, 43.2% 124 seats, 21.9% 55 seats, 10.9%
Seats won 248 107 57
Seat change 12 17 2
Popular vote 24,084,130 10,643,450 5,282,682
Percentage 44.59% 19.71% 9.78%
Swing 1.4% 2.2% 1.1%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Sanzō Nosaka Sasaki Ryōsaku Yōhei Kōno
Party Communist Democratic Socialist New Liberal
Last election 17 seats, 10.4% 29 seats, 6.3% 17 seats, 4.2%
Seats won 39 35 4
Seat change 22 6 13
Popular vote 5,878,192 3,663,691 1,631,811
Percentage 10.4% 6.78% 3.02%
Swing 0.5% 1.2%

  Seventh party
 
Leader Hideo Den
Party Socialist Democratic
Last election New
Seats won 2
Seat change 2
Popular vote 368,660
Percentage 0.68%
Swing N/A

Prime Minister before election

Masayoshi Ōhira
Liberal Democratic

Prime Minister-designate

Masayoshi Ōhira
Liberal Democratic

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References

  1. Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), Statistics Department, Long-term statistics, chapter 27: Public servants and elections, sections 27-7 to 27-10 Elections for the House of Representatives
  2. Interparliamentary Union (IPU): 1979 and 1980 Shūgiin elections
  3. Decimals from fractional votes (anbunhyō) rounded to full numbers
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