Banri Kaieda, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, lost in the single-seat electoral district in Tokyo in Sunday's lower house election. Former Tokyo Gov Shintaro Ishihara was also among Sunday's losers, while former Abe cabinet minister Yuko Obuchi -- who was forced out of office by a scandal -- bounced back.
Speaking to supporters late Sunday night, Kaieda said he would resign as party leader and said the DPJ needs new leadership in order to become a viable alternative to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, NTV reported.
Another notable DPJ member, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, also lost in the single-seat electoral district of Fuchu in Tokyo.
Meanwhile, Ishihara, 82, a member of the Party for Future Generations, lost his seat. Before the election, Ishihara had said he would resign if he were not re-elected, saying it was time for younger party members to take over.
For the LDP, Obuchi was easily re-elected in Gunma. Obuchi, who resigned from her cabinet post in October to take responsibility for inappropriate accounting by political organizations linked to her, spent most of her campaign making 10-minute stump speeches 30 to 40 times per day. She thanked her supporters for giving her another chance.
Another scandal-hit former cabinet minister, Midori Matsushima, was also re-elected in Tokyo.© Japan Today