The first official media estimates of the Tokyo Assembly vote suggest that the ruling coalition, led by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Liberal Democratic Party (PLD), will have serious difficulties gaining a majority in what appears to be a penalty for voters that has to be dealt with is the pandemic.
The PLD and its partner, the Komeito Party, ran for the campaign with the intention of using the vote as a springboard for the national parliamentary elections at the end of the year. However, the surge in cases in Tokyo and insistence on opening the Olympics to the public despite popular concerns have put Japanese authorities in trouble.
The opposition, led by the Constitutional Democratic Party, had called for the Games to be postponed and even canceled, while the Tokyo First Citizens Party, led by Governor Yuriko Koike, had proposed keeping the Games completely closed.
At 7.30 p.m., voter turnout was estimated at 28.41 percent, 7.47 points less than at the same time in the last general election in 2017, according to estimates by the official Kyodo news agency.