25% Of Respondents Have Zero Expectations For Japan Election Winners
Over a quarter of respondents to a survey conducted on July 16 and 17 said they had no expectations for the victorious candidates in the July 10 House of Councillors election in Japan.
Photo Insert: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on the campaign trail
621 persons responded to the survey conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun and the Japan Social Survey Research Center (JSSRC) by mobile phone. It asked respondents to choose the victorious candidate for whom they had the highest expectations.
Up to 103 of the 382 respondents who submitted a valid response stated that they had no expectations of the newly 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.