DPJ do badly in second round of elections


The ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) did badly again in elections on Sunday, gaining just three of 10 municipal and mayoral elections. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) picked up five, with one going to an independent and one still to declare.

On the same day there was a by-election for the House of Representatives in No6 constituency of the Aichi prefecture. This was won by the LDP candidate, Hideki Niwa with 61% of the vote, although the DPJ chose not to contest the election.

Three polls last week suggest that around 70% of voters believe that the government of Naoto Kan has badly handled the problem of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. The plant was badly damaged by the earthquake and tsunami which killed thousands of people in early March.

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