The LDP falls in Tokyo

As of this writing, the DPJ has surpassed the thirty-eight it held before the election, winning forty-two seats. It is twenty-two short of a majority, with seventy-six remaining. (Sankei is updating results here; Asahi is here. )

The DPJ will become the largest party in the Tokyo assembly, and given the disparity in the early results, it is hard to see how the LDP and Komeitō will retain a majority between them.

Nobuteru Ishihara, head of the Tokyo party, decided not to wait for all the results before apologizing to party supporters, attributing the results to "confusion" in the national party.

These are historic times.

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