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In landslide, DPJ wins over 300 seats

In landslide, DPJ wins over 300 seats
LDP crushed; Hatoyama set to take power

The Democratic Party of Japan won the Lower House election by a landslide Sunday, grabbing more than 300 seats in the 480-seat chamber.

The victory by the main opposition party will end more than half a century of almost uninterrupted rule by the Liberal Democratic Party. It will also usher in DPJ President Yukio Hatoyama, 62, as the new prime minister by mid-September.

The DPJ-led opposition camp (野党陣営) secured 340 seats against just 140 for the LDP-New Komeito ruling bloc (与党連合). In the opposition camp, the DPJ alone had 308.

Flush with victory, DPJ executives started full-fledged (本格的な) preparations for launching a new administration (新政権) in the evening, party sources said, adding that talks were also planned with its two allies — the Social Democratic Party and Kokumin Shinto (People's New Party) — on forming a coalition government.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Taro Aso said he will step down as LDP president to "take responsibility" for his party's defeat. An election to pick his successor (後継者) as LDP chief will be held soon, he said.

LDP Secretary General Hiroyuki Hosoda also said on NHK the party's top three executives (党三役) have all told Aso they plan to resign.

"We'd like to straightly face the severe results. We will search our souls and start preparing for the next election," Hosoda said, adding that the LDP will overhaul (徹底的に点検する) its policies to gain more support.

The LDP also lost some big names in single-seat races, including former Foreign Ministers Nobutaka Machimura and Taro Nakayama, as well as Finance Minister Kaoru Yosano and former Finance chief Shoichi Nakagawa.

However, Machimura and Yosano regained their seats in proportional representation (比例代表).

New Komeito suffered even worse, with party chief Akihiro Ota and heavyweights (有力者) Kazuo Kitagawa and Tetsuzo Fuyushiba all defeated in their single-seat districts. They didn't "insure" themselves by putting their names on the party's list of proportional-representation candidates.

DPJ deputy chief (代表代行) Ichiro Ozawa declined comment before the poll results were complete but said "there is nothing (for voters) to worry" about concerning an impending (差し迫った) change in government.

"We'd like to steadily implement (遂行する) what we have promised to the nation," Ozawa told NHK.

Pre-election media polls showed the DPJ leading the LDP thanks to strong populist tail winds (一般向け追い風) propelled in part by frustration with years of stagnation (停滞) and mismanagement under the LDP.

As many as 1,374 candidates, including a record 229 women, competed for seats in the 480-member chamber — 300 in single-seat districts and 180 in the 11 proportional representation blocks nationwide.

Due to strong voter interest, voter turnout (投票率) was estimated to have reached 69.29 percent, exceeding the 67.51 percent in the previous general election in 2005.

A record 13.98 million people, or 13.4 percent of all eligible voters, cast early ballots.

事前の予想にほぼ近い結果となりました。
自民惨敗・・・民主大躍進でしたね。
民主党:308議席
自民党:119議席
ダブルスコア以上の結果となりました。
by yu-fen-sun | 2009-08-31 23:15 | 英語関連