The outgoing ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito Party will retain a majority in the Japanese parliament after Sunday’s parliamentary elections. With 291 seats, the coalition has to concede 14 seats.
Kishida has already declared that she is the winner of the election. “This was a difficult election,” he told a news conference. But the prime minister said voters said they wanted a “stable government” by allowing the outgoing coalition to shape the country’s future.
Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party won 259 seats, losing 17 seats compared to the previous legislature. However, with coalition partner Komeito 32 seats, Kishida maintains a comfortable majority.
The main opposition party, the Socialist Constitutional Democratic Party, also lost fourteen seats, to remain 96. The biggest winner was another opposition party, the Japanese Innovation Party, which took 41 seats. It now has nearly four times the number of seats it had before the election.
The first big test
The parliamentary elections were Kishida’s first major test, after he took office from fellow party member Yoshihide Suga in early October.
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