See also the publications Voter Turnout Since 1945: A Global Report and Voter Turnout in Western Europe since 1945: A Regional Report, which are based on the data in this database.

Voter turnout data for Japan

The table below shows the statistics from recent elections in Japan. The data has been verified where possible. You can click on any cell to see when the data was last reviewed. You can also help us make the database better by suggesting updates or corrections.

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Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Popu­lation
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfill a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2014
102,617,759
127,103,388
 No
2012
59.32%
61,669,473
103,959,866
59.67%
103,345,755
127,368,088
 No
2009
69.27%
72,003,538
103,949,442
69.34%
103,833,813
127,078,679
 No
2005
67.46%
69,532,186
103,067,966
66.62%
104,373,789
127,417,244
1.70%
 No
2003
59.80%
61,183,286
102,306,684
59.07%
103,577,642
127,214,499
3.40%
 No
2000
60.62%
60,882,471
100,433,798
59.02%
103,155,387
126,996,466
3%
 No
1996
59.65%
58,262,930
97,680,719
60.27%
96,672,730
125,549,000
 No
1993
67.02%
63,574,819
94,866,020
66.25%
95,955,900
124,670,000
1.20%
 No
1990
73.31%
66,215,906
90,322,908
74.95%
88,348,250
124,434,155
0.60%
 No
1986
63.99%
61,703,794
96,426,845
71.53%
86,259,320
121,492,000
2%
 No
1983
67.94%
57,240,830
84,252,608
67.60%
84,673,890
119,259,000
0.80%
 No
1980
74.56%
60,338,439
80,925,034
74.70%
80,771,400
117,060,000
2.20%
 No
1979
68.00%
54,518,515
80,169,924
68.18%
79,964,100
115,890,000
0.90%
 No
1976
73.44%
57,231,993
77,926,588
73.55%
77,814,750
112,775,000
1.10%
 No
1972
71.75%
52,929,059
73,769,636
73.86%
71,663,200
106,960,000
0.90%
 No
1969
68.50%
47,442,401
69,260,424
68.63%
69,123,900
103,170,000
1%
 No
1967
73.98%
46,599,456
62,992,796
73.36%
63,522,900
100,830,000
1.30%
 No
1963
71.14%
41,458,946
58,281,678
68.62%
60,416,370
95,899,000
1.10%
 No
1960
73.50%
39,920,119
54,312,993
71.38%
55,926,000
93,210,000
1%
 No
1958
76.98%
40,042,489
52,013,529
72.91%
54,924,000
91,540,000
0.70%
 No
1955
75.83%
37,334,338
49,235,375
73.59%
50,730,000
89,000,000
0.90%
 No
1953
74.21%
34,946,130
47,090,167
70.71%
49,419,000
86,700,000
1%
 No
1952
76.43%
35,749,709
46,772,584
77.43%
46,170,000
85,500,000
1.20%
 No
1949
74.04%
31,174,957
42,105,300
70.59%
44,161,200
81,780,000
1.90%
 No
1947
67.95%
27,796,840
40,907,493
65.91%
42,174,540
78,101,000
1.60%
 No
1946
72.08%
26,582,175
36,878,420
64.94%
40,932,000
75,800,000
1.80%
 No