Japan's ruling conservative coalition (led by the Liberal Democratic Party — LDP) lost some 65 seats in the June 25 elections for the House of Representatives. This was in spite of the LDP and its partners rigging the election system to reduce the number of candidates elected by proportional representation, the system that most correctly reflects voters' choice. The government parties also resorted to an unprecedented dirty tricks campaign to smear the Communists. Leaflets and handbills full of demagoguery, with no publisher's name or with false names, addresses and even telephone numbers, were distributed all over the country. A statement issued by the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) says: "Despite these circumstances, the JCP secured its seats in all 11 proportional representation constituencies and got 20 seats with about 6.71 million votes (11.23 percent). In the single-seat constituencies, the JCP got no seats despite receiving about 7.35 million votes (12.08 percent). The JCP statement noted that the Party "fought well in all constituencies. We regret that we could not achieve a major JCP advance for all the expectations many people had for its advance, no matter how severe the hardships were." Of the 65 seats lost by the government parties, the LDP lost 38 seats; the Komei Party 11; the New Conservative Party 11; and Kaikaku Club, 5. The JCP says: "This is indicative of a severe judgment the people passed on the LDP-Komei-Conservative coalition government and LDP politics. Policy questions Without doubt the JCP, by debating policy questions, has greatly contributed to setting a trend of public opinion which passed harsh judgment on the ruling coalition. "The ruling parties' campaign was devoid of policy debate and instead concentrated on an intrigue on the largest scale ever seen in Japan's election history to stop a JCP advance." The JCP condemned "these undercover campaigns", saying they undermine Japanese democracy. "We will make the best efforts to thoroughly reveal the facts and the responsibility, so that such practices will be eliminated from Japanese politics", said the JCP statement. Communist mayor re-elected Yutaka Yano, a Japanese Communist Party member supported by a citizens' group which includes the JCP, was re-elected for his second term as mayor of Komae City in Tokyo. He doubled his previous votes to about 20,000, while the challenger, supported by the Liberal Democratic Party, the Komei Party, and the Democratic Party of Japan, polled 15,000.