THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
July 10, 2022 at 21:37 JST
Voters cast their ballots in higher numbers compared with three years ago for the July 10 Upper House election held just two days after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated.
The number of ballots cast early prior to election day hit 19,613,956, a record in an election for the upper chamber of the Diet.
The figure represented 18.60 percent of all registered voters, including those overseas, as of June 21, for an increase of 2.55 million voters compared with the 2019 election.
Turnout in Japan as of 6 p.m. was 27.38 percent, up 0.08 percentage point from the same time of the day in the 2019 election for the upper chamber of the Diet, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
Seventeen days were allotted for campaigning this time around, or one day more than three years ago, which explains the record number of votes cast early.
Polling stations closed at 8 p.m.
The voting determined the distribution of 125 seats, including a by-election in Kanagawa Prefecture neighboring Tokyo.
Visit this page for the latest news on Japan’s battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Cooking experts, chefs and others involved in the field of food introduce their special recipes intertwined with their paths in life.
Haruki Murakami and other writers read from books before selected audiences at the new Haruki Murakami Library.
The Asahi Shimbun aims “to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” through its Gender Equality Declaration.
Let’s explore the Japanese capital from the viewpoint of wheelchair users and people with disabilities with Barry Joshua Grisdale.