Record Low Turnout in Japanese Election
Japan's ruling LDP party was re-elected by a comfortable margin in the December 2014 national election. However, voter turnout was just 52.66% – an all-time record low. The number of voter abstentions surged from 63.9 million in 2009 to 98.4 million.
This is first time turnout in a Japanese national election has dropped below 59% and reflects voters' disappointment with both the ruling and opposition parties. A post-election survey found that 65% of respondents believed that the LDP won because it was 'less unsatisfactory' than the other parties and 55% 'wished the LDP had won fewer seats'.
You can track the history of voter turnout in Japan here.
Thumbnail image: Japanese President Shinzō Abe. Day Donaldson/Flickr