Japan ruling parties to win majority in July 10 council election

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Japan ruling parties to win majority in July 10 council election

The ruling parties of TOKYO Kyodo Japan are projected to secure a majority of the 125 seats up for grabs in the July 10 House of Councillors election, according to a Kyodo News survey.

It also suggested that the pro-constitutional revision camp, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's Liberal Democratic Party and some small opposition parties, would maintain the two-thirds majority in the 248-member upper house.

124 seats 74 in electoral districts and 50 by proportional representation are contested for the upcoming election, along with one left vacant in the other half of the chamber.

The LDP and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, are projected to win more than 63 seats, according to the telephone survey conducted Wednesday and Thursday and received responses from over 38,000 voters.

Kishida has set a goal for the coalition to maintain a majority in the upper house. With half of the 248 seats uncontested, the target requires only 56 seats this time, down from the 69 seats they had before the election.

The LDP is expected to receive 60 or more seats, up from its 55 contested seats and including the 19 seats it will likely maintain in proportional representation.

Komeito seems to hold firm by keeping seven proportional representation seats in play, and it seems likely to hold seven electoral districts where it has fronted candidates.

The race still has room for significant change. 31.2 percent of respondents said their vote is undecided in electoral district votes, while 15.4 percent said the same for proportional representation seats.

Opposition parties are likely to limit their gains as they struggled to field unified candidates in single seat constituencies.

The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, the biggest in the camp, could return fewer than 20 of its 23 seats in contention.

The Japan Innovation Party could be on course to more than double its six contested seats to 15, while the Democratic Party for the People may struggle to keep all of its seven seats. The Japanese Communist Party is poised to retain six seats.

The Social Democratic Party, whose survival is in question, could struggle to gain seats.

The anti-establishment Reiwa Shinsengumi, which netted two proportional representation seats in the previous 2019 election, could gain three seats from the Tokyo district contest and proportional representation voting.

The LDP leads the pro-constitutional revision forces that include Komeito, the Japan Innovation Party and the Democratic Party for the People.

The LDP is aiming to update the supreme law that has never been amended since its 1946 promulgation, in part to mention the Self-Defense Forces in a revised version to clarify its status.