The leader of the Constituent Democratic Party of Japan (PDCJ), Yukio Edano, announced his resignation on Tuesday after losing in the general election, in which his party, the main opposition force, won just 96 seats.
“I’m not strong enough (…) that was a very disappointing result,” he told the board of the social-progressive formation in the reason for his decision to resign, the NHK chain collects.
He also said it was “unfortunate” that the formation lost seats and apologized for it. In particular, the PDCJ won 96 seats, less than the 101 it had won in previous elections, despite this time uniting candidates with other opposition groups such as the Communist Party.
The bench of the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) won 261 out of a total of 465 seats in the lower house of parliament – also known as the Landtag – in the elections on Sunday, while its partner, the PLD partner, the Komeito party, won 32 seats.
On the other hand, the General Secretary of the PDCJ, Tetsuro Fukuyama, has announced his intention to resign in order to take on “responsibility” for the result, according to the Japanese agency Kiodo.
“I very much regret that I was unable to welcome many of our colleagues to Parliament. My heart is ready. We will soon announce a way forward for our party,” he said on his Twitter profile.
After their election victory, the PLD and Komeito are above the so-called “stable absolute majority” of 261 seats in Japanese political jargon, which guarantees the executive the chairmanship of all parliamentary committees and the open processing of all legislative proposals.
These results have undermined the expectations of the PDCJ, which sought to break the political dominance of the PLD, which has ruled Japan almost continuously since 1955.