An election in two graphs and a screenshot.
Turnout for House of Representatives elections, 1996 - 2014
Public opinion polls this year are finding the lowest voter interest results ever recorded.
Number of voters in district races (in millions) and number of seats
a) Yes, that's right. In between 2009 and 2012, 10 million voters, one tenth of the electorate, just gave up. Guess how many more will give up this time.
b) Yes, that's right. The LDP won 227 district races in 2012 with 1.7 million fewer votes than it received in 2009, when it won only 64 district seats.
Highlights why redrawing the district boundaries, equalizing the populations inside the districts, and turnout are such big deals doesn't it?
TABLE - from NHK evening news of 2014.12.08
Which party do you support?
People's Life 0.3%
No party in particular 26.3%
In 2012, final pre-vote support percentages for the LDP and the DPJ were 26.6％ and 16.6%, respectively.
With the opposition contesting in too few districts, there is nothing that can stop the LDP from stomping to victory...and with the new, higher numbers for the Komeito, the coalition looks even more fearsome.
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