Seat Count

Ruling coalition
  • 113Liberal Democratic
  • 028Komeito
  • 032Constitutional Democratic
  • 021Democratic for the People
  • 013Japanese Communist
  • 016Nippon Ishin
  • 002Social Democratic
  • 020Others



Sunday’s election returned Japan’s ruling coalition to the Upper House with a reduced majority. NHK World’s senior political commentator gives his view on what the result means for politics in the future.

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Effects of Japan's election on future politics

NHK WORLD's commentator Michio Kijima explains why Abe's ruling coalition could maintain its majority, and how the results will affect its policies.

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Analysis of Upper House election results

We are now certain that the ruling coalition and lawmakers in favor of amending the Constitution will not keep a two-thirds majority. It's a key benchmark for a possible amendment process.
NHK World's Senior Political Commentator Hiroyuki Takahashi shares his insights on the results.


NHK's decision desk is now declaring that the ruling coalition plus lawmakers in favor of amending the Japanese Constitution will likely not maintain a two-thirds majority after Sunday's Upper House election. That level is needed to call a national referendum on an amendment.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the results so far of the Upper House election show voters support his political and diplomatic agenda.

Constitutional Democratic Party President Yukio Edano says he will work toward the next election, so that the opposition parties will be able to bring about a change of power.


The voter turnout in Upper House election in Japan was likely under 50 percent. That's the second lowest in the history of Japanese Upper House elections.

NHK's decision desk is declaring that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its partner, Komeito, have secured 63 seats in the Upper House election. That's a majority of the contested seats. But it's not clear yet exactly how strong their force will be.

A crucial aspect of the election is how well parties perform in single-seat districts. The outcome of the 32 district races will be seen as a bellwether for the whole election.
In each of the districts, four parties banded together to run a single candidate against Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, in cooperation with a group of Lower House lawmakers.

Watch NHK World's Senior Political Commentator Hiroyuki Takahashi for his insights on the incoming results of the Upper House election, and what they mean.

NHK's decision desk is already projecting that the ruling coalition will comfortably maintain control of the Upper House.
We believe that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito, will win more than half of the seats that are up for grabs this election.
There's also a chance that the coalition and lawmakers in favor of amending the Constitution could continue to hold two-thirds of the house, which is a key benchmark for a possible amendment process.
Meanwhile, we are still waiting to see if the largest opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, can double the number of contested seats it had going into the election.

NHK's decision desk says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition is on track to maintain a majority in the Upper House. The coalition is projected to secure more than 63 seats, a majority of the seats up for grabs in Sunday's election.

The Upper House election is seen as a mid-term evaluation of the government.
Watch how Japan's electoral system works and the benchmarks by which we can measure the outcome.


Voters in Japan have been filing into polling stations since Sunday morning. 370 candidates are running for 124 seats. The polls are set to close at 8 p.m. Japan local time.


A decades-old discussion is surfacing as an issue of Upper House election. Japan’s Constitution has not been amended in over 70 years. PM Shinzo Abe’s chances of amending it now could hinge on the results this Sunday.

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Battle over amending constitution


A big talking point in the Upper House election is the consumption tax rate. The government plans to raise it in October from 8 to 10 percent. The question is whether the timing for the hike is right.

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Political parties focus on consumption tax hike


Three hundred and seventy candidates are running for 124 seats in the election. An NHK opinion poll shows that social security and the consumption tax are among the voters' top concerns.

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Off and running in Japan's Upper House election

Japanese abroad begin voting

Japanese nationals living abroad have begun voting in the Upper House election. Ballot stations have been set up at 226 embassies and consulates around the world.

Upper House election insight

NHK World senior commentator Hiroyuki Takahashi gives his take on the Upper House election.

Leaders make their pitches

Political leaders took to the streets across the country to call for voters' support.
They're highlighting key platform issues, including constitutional amendment, a consumption tax hike, and the state pension system.

Candidates for Japan's Upper House election have officially kicked off their campaigns.
The Upper House currently has 242 seats. Representatives are elected on staggered 6-year terms, with half the seats are up for grabs each election.
To correct a disparity in the value of each vote, the house is adding three seats in this poll. That means 124 seats will be filled.


The date has been set for this summer's Upper House election, and the politicians are making their pitches. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to deliver "political stability". Opposition leaders see the election as a chance to strip him of a supermajority.

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Politicians preparing for the Upper House election