Japanese general election, 1912

Japanese general election, 1912
Empire of Japan
15 May 1912

All 381 seats to the House of Representatives
191 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
Leader Saionji Kinmochi Inukai Tsuyoshi
Party Seiyūkai Kokumintō
Last election 187 seats, 48.4%  
Seats won 209 95
Seat change Increase22  
Popular vote 689,613 381,465
Percentage 51.5% 28.5%
Swing Increase3.1%  

Prime Minister before election

Saionji Kinmochi

Subsequent Prime Minister

Saionji Kinmochi

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General elections were held in Japan on 15 May 1912.[1] The result was a victory for the Rikken Seiyūkai party, which won 209 of the 381 seats.

Electoral system

The 381 members of the House of Representatives were elected in 51 multi-member constituencies based on prefectures and cities. Voting was restricted to men aged over 25 who paid at least 10 yen a year in direct taxation.[2]


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Rikken Seiyūkai689,61351.5209+22
Rikken Kokumintō381,46528.595+25
Chūō Club113,8348.531New
Invalid/blank votes10,672
Registered voters/turnout1,506,14389.6
Source: Mackie & Rose, Voice Japan


  1. Thomas T Mackie & Richard Rose (1991) The International Almanac of Electoral History, Macmillan, p281
  2. Mackie & Rose, p276
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