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    Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka has been celebrating the general election which kept his Liberal Democrats in power - though with their seats reduced from 297 to 271.

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    Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka has been celebrating the general election which kept his Liberal Democrats in power - though with their seats reduced from 297 to 271.

    But other parties have also been celebrating, for the new Parliament will have more left-wing members - enough to give Japan a feasible opposition for the first time in two decades.

    The Communist Party more than double its strength, from 14 to 34 seats, and the number of Socialists seats increased from 87 to 118.

    The Democratic Socialists, a splinter group from the orthodox Socialists, dropped in numbers from 29 to 19. Even more significant was the loss of seats held by Komeito, the political arm of the zealous Soka Gakkai sect, from 47 to 29 seats. The remaining 16 seats are held by Independents.

    SYNOPSIS: Japan's left-wing parties are jubilant at their General Election gains. They couldn't hope to win, but they can now give the government a tough time in Parliament after two decades of having its own way. The Socialists, celebrating here, increased their seats from eighty-seven to a hundred and eighteen.

    The Communists more than doubled their holding, from fourteen to thirty-eight seats, and the Socialists are expected to use them as allies to make the Government pay more attention to the needs of sections of society which haven't benefitted from the post-war boom.

    At the Liberal Democrats' headquarters they were celebrating their remaining in power, and the atmosphere didn't seem depressed by the dent in its Parliamentary supremacy. Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka painted the phenyl eye on a Daruma, a traditional doll signifying victory.

    While journalists debated whether the swing against the government was in protest at its recent policies or the sign of an overall trend to the left, the Liberal Democrat leaders toasted their next four years in office.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9B2ASAAQZWZ6MRKPCIYIN3RX6
    Media URN:
    VLVA9B2ASAAQZWZ6MRKPCIYIN3RX6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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