In case you haven't seen or had a chance to look at the numbers from Sunday's election, a random trio of tables:
Vote totals, nationwide, in district and proportional voting
Look at the shift of vote totals in the district and proportional columns for the LDP and the New Komeito. In past national elections, the ratios of the shifts has been one-to-one, with the increase in the numbers for New Komeito in the move from district to proportional equal to the decrease in the numbers for the LDP between the two columns. This year, the numbers for LDP district candidates is 600,000 voters short.
So who did those 600,000 New Komeito voters cast their ballots for in the district elections?
Later - I am open to the possibility that 600,000 non-regular New Komeito voters gave up their proportional votes to the New Komeito
a) out of disgust with the opposition parties and/or
b) to give the New Komeito some extra leverage in its coalition negotiations with the LDP.
% of the District Vote Versus % of Seats
a) Is the system geared? You bet it is. The LDP gets 42.7% of district votes and walks away with 64.4% of the seats.
b) Imagine how many more ballots would be spoilt if not for the proportional voting!
c) Look at the near perfect efficiency of New Komeito district voting. Wow, wow, wow.
Japan Restoration Party: Loved in the Kansai but Not Hated in the Kanto
Predictably, the Japan Restoration Party did exceptionally well in the Kansai region. Some 30% of its national totals came from the 6 Kansai prefectures, where the party captured from 14%-29% of the proportional vote in each.
However, the party did OK in Tokyo, winning 10% of its total vote there, pretty much in line with Tokyo's slice of the national voting age population.
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