The JSP, headed by Murayama, was then a coalition partner of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Sakigake party
What was even more fortunate was that he was a member of the leading coalition for the first three years of his political career (in the Hosokawa regime as a Nihon Shinto member and in the Tomiichi Murayama regime as a Sakigake party
Okumura, who was a member of the upper house's Sakigake party
, resigned from the chamber before an unsuccessful attempt to win a House of Representatives seat as an independent in the June 25 general elections.
Among the 15 defeated former ministers are the LDP's Kaoru Yosano, who once held the education and trade portfolios, and former Chief Cabinet Secretary Masayoshi Takemura of the Sakigake party
, whose defeat means the de facto extinction of the party.
Following is an updated table of party strength in both houses of the Diet as of Friday, after Tenzo Okumura resigned from the Sakigake party
and the House of Councillors to run as an independent in the June 25 general election.
Independents won 6,894 of the total 10,632 assembly seats in 383 cities contested, followed by the New Komeito with 1,114, the JCP with 1,027, the LDP with 881, the DPJ with 301, the SDP with 293, other affiliations with 116, the LP with five, and the new Sakigake party