The Yomiuri ShimbunVoter turnout for Sunday’s House of Councillors election was 48.8 percent, according to the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry.
The figure is far below the 54.7 percent mark in the previous upper house election in 2016, the first time in 24 years that it dropped below 50 percent since the 1995 upper house election — which marked a record low of 44.52 percent — and the second lowest after the 1995 election. The ministry released the final voter turnout figure Monday.
Meanwhile, the traditional zodiac sign for this year is the boar, and “Year of the Boar elections” come every 12 years when triennial upper house elections and quadrennial unified local elections take place in the same year. In these “Year of the Boar elections,” it is said that voter turnout tends to fall because the activity of local assembly members who have finished local election campaigning slows down and their approach towards their supporters weakens. The 1995 upper house election was also held in the Year of the Boar.Speech