Home | About Us | Contact Us | Site Map | Chinese
News | Biz | Pearl River Delta | Enjoy Life | Culture | Travelling | Pics | Cities & Towns | Gov Info | Specials
Current Home > News Brief > World
Koizumi's party wins: exit polls
Latest Updated by 2005-09-12 09:37:01
Related News
World News
Russia set to get help on slick
Bush, Rumsfeld rule out "quitting Iraq"
Greenpeace activists delay Blair's speech

EXIT polls showed Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) heading for a landslide victory in elections Sunday (Sep 11th) for parliament's lower house.

Public broadcaster NHK and several other networks said exit polls indicated a big victory for the Liberal Democrats, easily winning a majority of the powerful house's 480 seats.

An official vote count was not expected until Monday morning.

Voter turnout was relatively high, at 50 percent by evening, up 2.65 percentage points from the 2003 election.

Koizumi, who took office in 2001 and is the country's longest-serving prime minister in a decade, has made breaking apart and selling Japan Post's sprawling savings and insurance businesses a centerpiece promise for his Liberal Democratic Party.

The opposition Democratic Party appealed to voters with a pension reform blueprint.

The campaign issues resonate with a public concerned about how it will pay for future retirees among Japan's aging populace and about wasteful government bureaucracies that need to be streamlined to boost a fragile economic recovery.

The LDP held 249 seats in the house when Koizumi, 63, dissolved the chamber Aug. 8. With coalition partner New Komei Party's 34 seats, the government had a comfortable majority. The Democratic Party of Japan, the top opposition group, had 175 seats.

In addition to high turnout at polling stations, absentee ballots also hit a record 8.96 million, or more than 8 percent of Japan's 103.4 million eligible voters.

The overall turnout rate in 2003 was 59.9 percent, the second lowest since 1947.

Aside from pushing pension reform, the Democrats oppose Japan's dispatch of troops to support the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and criticize Koizumi's controversial visits to a Tokyo war shrine.

Koizumi dissolved the lower house and called Sunday's snap elections when his pet project to split up and sell Japan Post's mail, insurance and savings services was torpedoed by the upper house of parliament Aug. 8.

Postal savings have long operated as a slush fund for LDP-rigged pork-barrel projects blamed for waste and corruption. And postmasters, with their strong networks in the countryside, have been a crucial cog in the LDP political machine for decades.

Editor: Wing

By: Source: Szdaily web edition
Previous:  New York marks 4th anniversary of 9/11  Next:Yushchenko dismisses Ukrainian govt

Liver-cancer patient gave birth to a boy

Australian Lifestyle Expo 2005 to raise curtain in GZ

Earliest Sunset of the Year

Colorful metro stations

Beauty queen sparks ugly debate in Shenzhen
This site contains material from other media for content enrichment purpose only.
The website do not endorse such content and do not bear the joint responsibility of their copyright infringement.
The views expressed in written material posted to the bulletin boards of are those of the authors and/or publishers. The website does not endorse information products posted by organizations and individuals here. The originators of these information products are solely responsible for their content.
For copyright infringement issues, you shall contact within thirty (30) days. Email:
If you find any error in this page, please drag your mouse to mark the text with error, then press "CTRL" and "ENTER", to inform us. Thanks for your help!
Home  |  About Us  |   Contact Us  |  Site Map  |  Chinese
©2005 WWW.NEWSGD.COM. All rights reserved.registered number 020074 Terms of Use | Advertise | ICP Certificate No.B2-20050252
Guangdong Gov Link
Guangdong Gov Brief
State Structure
Guangdong in Brief
Laws & Regulations
Exchange Rate
Guangdong Guide
Museum Museum
University University
Eat Eat
Shopping Duting
Night Life Night Life
Weather Weather
Phone No. Phone Num
Consulate Consulate
Airport Airport
Travel Tips Tours Tips