Only 73 1/2 per-cent of Japan's 56 million registered voters went to the polls in Japan Nov 20 to elect 467 members to the House of Representatives, from a list of 940 candidates.
LV A down town polling station.
SV Women leave.
SV Man looks at candidate board.
CU Woman looks.
SV INT..people at desk.
REAR V..polling clerk.
CU Woman voter.
SV Men in polling booth.
SV Woman place votes into ballot box.
GV PAN..voters at the Yotsuya Primary School.
SV Voters at desk.
SV PAN..Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda votes.
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Background: Only 73 1/2 per-cent of Japan's 56 million registered voters went to the polls in Japan Nov 20 to elect 467 members to the House of Representatives, from a list of 940 candidates.
Polling figures were the third lowest since the war. Exceptionally warm sunny weather throughout Japan was blamed for the apathy. Three hours before the polls closed, only 49 per-cent of Tokyo's eligible citizens had voted.
As was generally expected, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party led by Premier Hayato Ikeda won a sweeping victory, though they failed to gain a two-thirds majority. Adding seven more seats to their previous total of 283, the Liberal Democrats now have 151 more seats than the Socialists, their nearest rivals, and can count on the support of five Independents.