In a major setback to the ruling party in Japan, the election results of the Tokyo’s metropolitan assembly election came out as a blow to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The party managed to securing a mere 23 seats from a possible 127, this has turned out to be the party’s worst ever return.
On the surface, the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election was a referendum on Governor Yuriko Koike’s year in office, but the dismal showing for Abe’s party is also a stinging rebuke of his four and a half-year-old administration.
It is also believed that the Past Tokyo elections have been bellwethers for national trends. A 2009 Tokyo poll in which the LDP won just 38 seats was followed by its defeat in a general election that year, although this time no poll need be held until late 2018.
Koike, the Japanese capital’s first female governor, said she was grateful for the results, which exceeded expectations, but is also “feeling the weight of responsibility,” as per the reports.
In the wake of the losses, long-time Abe ally Hakubun Shimomura announced he would step aside as chairman of the party’s Tokyo chapter.
The assembly consists of 127 seats, an absolute majority of which are now held by the upstart Tomin First Party and its six allies.