Poster from the First Postwar General Election


The first general election in Japan after World War II was held on April 10, 1946, in Showa 21 (Showa years number the regnal years of Emperor Hirohito, starting in 1926). This was also the first election to be carried out after the electoral law reforms of December 17, 1945 (Showa 20), which granted all men and women aged 20 years and above the right to vote. This election poster includes text by the female author Ikuta Hanayo (1888–1970) and calls upon women to cast their votes. The voters elected 39 women to the Diet, the first female legislators in Japanese history.

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1 paper, 43.3 × 62.6 centimeters

Last updated: November 7, 2011