Strength of the Political Groups in the House of Councillors

(As of October 15, 2008)

Political Groups in the House Number of Members Abbreviation
The Democratic Party, The Shin-Ryokufukai, The People's New Party and The Nippon 118 (23) DP-SR-PN-N
Liberal Democratic Party 82 (12) LDP
New Komeito 21 (5) NK
Japanese Communist Party 7 (1) JCP
Social Democratic Party 5 (1) SDP
Japan Renaissance Party 4 (0) JRP
Independents 5 (2) -
INCUMBENTS 242 (44) -
Vacancies 0 -
MEMBERSHIP 242 -

Notes: Figures in parentheses show the number of women members.

Most house members belong to political groups, which is formed based on their political parties. On this Web site, the names of the political groups are abbreviated as listed above for layout reasons. These abbreviations are not the official abbreviations for the various political groups.