With all the results now in from the Japanese general election on Sunday (5 December), it is clear that the Liberal Democratic party (LDP), which has ruled Japan for 21 years, has lost its over -all majority in Parliament.
GV: officials carrying in ballot boxes and emptying them on to floor and table.(6 shots)
CU AND SV: ballot papers being sorted. (4 shots)
GV PAN EXTERIOR: LDP headquarters.
CU: results on wall ZOOM BACK TO show LDP officials seated waiting for Miki.
SV: Miki arrives and gives press conference. (5 shots)
GV AND SV INTERIOR: Takeo Fukuda arriving at another news conference.
CU official putting another carnation on results board at headquarters of breakaway liberal faction ZOOM BACK TO Yohei Knon being congratulated.
CU: Kono speaking to newsmen.
GV EXTERIOR Headquarters building of Socialist party.
CU: ritual mask by election results board.
SV ZOOM INTO CU: Mr. Narita speaking to newsmen. (4 shots)
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Background: With all the results now in from the Japanese general election on Sunday (5 December), it is clear that the Liberal Democratic party (LDP), which has ruled Japan for 21 years, has lost its over -all majority in Parliament.
SYNOPSIS: Vote counting had gone on throughout the night, and it wasn't until Monday morning (6 December) that the final position of the parties was clearly defined. During the campaign, the LDP had been damaged by internal divisions as well as the notoriety of the "Lockheed bribes" scandal. At the end of the day the Party had won 249 seats in the Lower House - seven short of a simple majority. Prime Minister, Takeo Miki, had aimed at winning 271 seas.
Late on Sunday night, party officials gathered at the LDP headquarters for a news conference given by Mr. Miki. If his party had won the 271 seats he had aimed for, he would still have kept control of the standing committees in the Lower House. Later on Monday, it was announced that the LDP would still stay in power, having scraped together a bare majority by recruiting independent conservatives.
Mr. Miki's position in his own party is now under considerable pressure. During the campaign, the Party's image suffered because of the bitter rivalry between the Prime Minister, and the former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Takeo Fukuda. Mr. Fukuda held his own news conference on Sunday, having won a massive majority for re-election.
A break-away group from the LDP, calling itself the New Liberal Club, also did relatively well. They won 17 seats, and its leader, Mr. Yohei Kono, must have felt pleased that his new party had played no small part in denting the dominance of the LDP.
At the Socialist Party headquarters there was also jubilation. They had increased their representation in Parliament from 112 seats to 123. They are the major opposition party, and their Chairman, Mr. Tomomi Narita, told a news conference that his Party was willing to include any anti-LDP conservatives in a future coalition government. This was before it was known that the LDP had secured a bare majority with the help of independent conservatives.