October 2017 Democratic Party (Japan, 2016) leadership election

The Democratic Party held a presidential election on 31 October 2017 to choose a replacement for the previous president Seiji Maehara. Maehara resigned on 30 October 2017 after the failure of his election strategy in the 2017 general election.

October 2017 Democratic Party leadership election

31 October 2017
Candidate Kohei Otsuka
Votes Unopposed

President before election

Seiji Maehara

Elected President

Kohei Otsuka

Kohei Otsuka was the only candidate in the race and therefore was elected as the new president unopposed.[1]





As Otsuka was the only candidate, there was no vote held and he was elected unopposed.


  1. Saito, Taro (31 October 2017). "Democratic Party selects Otsuka as new party president". Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  2. "Japan's opposition Democrats pick new chief to start rebuilding". Nikkei Asian Review. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
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