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LDP tops in proportional representation blocs as count continues

A ballot-counting center is seen in Ise, Mie Prefecture, on Oct. 23, 2017. (Mainichi)

While vote counting for the 176 proportional representation seats up for grabs in the Oct. 22 lower house election continues into Oct. 23 in the Tokai, Kyushu and other blocs due to Typhoon Lan, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has secured 66 of the 174 decided seats, according to Mainichi Shimbun calculations.

The number of seats up for grabs in the proportional representation blocs decreased by four in the election, but the seats won by the LDP is roughly comparable to the 68 seats it took in the 2014 lower house election, making it the dominant party in the proportional representation race. The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP) came in second with 37 seats and the Party of Hope in third with 32 seats. However, Komeito, the LDP's junior coalition partner that garnered 26 seats in the last election, lost one seat each in the Tohoku, Northern Kanto, Southern Kanto, Tokai and Kyushu blocs for a total of 21.

The CDP was able to take more seats than the 35 won in 2014 by the now-defunct Democratic Party of Japan -- the predecessor of the Democratic Party, from which the CDP splintered. The Party of Hope managed to secure seats in each of the 11 blocs. The number of seats won by the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) dropped from 20 in the last poll to 11. Because those voting against the Abe government were split among the opposition parties, the JCP was unable to win seats in the Hokkaido, Chugoku and Shikoku blocs.

Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) took five seats in the Kinki bloc, and one each in Southern Kanto and Tokai, and may possibly take one seat in the Kyushu bloc. However, the party's previous incarnation was able to secure 30 seats in the last election, clearly signifying a drop in support.

There is still a possibility that the Social Democratic Party will maintain its seat in the Kyushu bloc, while securing any seats in the proportional representational blocs was not expected for the Party for the Japanese Kokoro.

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