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Over quarter of people in poll say they have zero expectations for Japan election winners

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stands before a board showing Liberal Democratic Party House of Councillors election candidates at LDP headquarters in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, on July 10, 2022. The names with pink flowers next to them won their races. (Mainichi/Kan Takeuchi)

TOKYO -- Over a quarter of valid responses to a July 16 and 17 survey declared the respondents had no expectations of the winning candidates in Japan's July 10 House of Councillors election.

    The survey conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun and Japan's Social Survey Research Center collected mobile phone responses from 621 individuals. It asked respondents to name one politician among the winning candidates they had the highest expectations for. Of the 382 people who filled in a valid response, up to 103 made statements to the effect that they were expecting nothing from the elected upper house members.

    Politicians who were mentioned by at least 10 respondents were: Taro Yamamoto, former actor and leader of the minor opposition party Reiwa Shinsengumi, who was named by 34 people; Kimi Onoda of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) named by 30 people; Sohei Kamiya from the emerging party Sanseito, named by 18 people; Ken Akamatsu, a manga artist who ran on the LDP ticket, gathered support from 15 people; Kiyomi Tsujimoto, former deputy leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, backed by 13 people; NHK party newcomer and YouTuber Gassy, named by 11 respondents; and Taku Yamazoe, a member of the Japanese Communist Party named by 10 people.

    (Japanese original by Daisuke Nohara, Political News Department)

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