Tue, September 08, 2009

Japan's historic election

DPJ wins 308 seats in Japan's 480-seat lower house election

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won Sunday's general election by landslide victory, sweeping the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) out of almost unbroken power since 1955 to usher in a new era of Japanese politics. Full story

BACKGROUNDER

Elections in Japan

General elections to the House of Representatives are held every four years (unless the lower house is dissolved earlier).

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Backgrounder: Facts and highlights about Japan's general election

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