Bad. Actually, very, very bad. While the DPJ managed to just pip the Japan Restoration Party for second place with 57 seats (down from 308), the “third pole” parties still did overall quite well with the JRP getting 54 and Your Party getting 18, for a total of 72.
Thus we have the governing parties of the LDP (294) and Komeito (31) with 325 seats, the “centrist” DPJ with 57 seats, the “third pole” with 72 seats, and the “left,” collectively made up of the Japan Future Party (9), the Social Democratic Party (2), the Communist Party (8), and New Party Daichi (1) with 20 seats. Perhaps most telling is the number of current (7) and former members of DPJ cabinets (10) that lost not only their SMD seats but did not even make it back into the Diet on the PR list (17 in total!). That said, whether it be Okada, Hosono, Edano or Maehara who takes over, many of these people will not be missed by them as they rebuild the party, if that is even possible.
Current ministers in the Noda cabinet:
Mitsui Wakio, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
Kodaira Tadamasa, Consumer Affairs
Jojima Koriki, Finance
Nakatsuka Ikko, Financial Services
Tanaka Makiko, Education
Fujimura Osamu, Chief Cabinet Secretary
Tarutoko Shinji, Internal Affairs
It cannot be often that both the sitting finance minister and chief cabinet secretary, considered to be two of the top four jobs in the cabinet, lose their jobs outright.
Hachiro Yoshio, METI (Mr “I’ll give you radiation”)
Kano Michihiko, Agriculture (anti-TPP ringleader and thorn in both Kan and Noda’s side)
Hosokawa Ritsuo, Health, Labour and Welfare
Tanaka Keishuu, Justice (Quit after connections to the Yakuza were revealed)
Komiyama Yoko, HLW
Kawabata Tatsuo, Internal Affairs
Hirano Hirofumi, Chief Cabinet Secretary (Hatoyama cabinet – widely considered to be incompetent)
Hiraoka Hideo, Justice (appointed someone with a criminal record to be his secretary)
Sengoku Yoshito, Chief Cabinet Secretary (Accused of sexual harassment, responsible for the Senkaku debacle by pressuring prosecutors to release the captain, etc)
Matsumoto Ryu, Environment (Abused two Tohoku governors after the tsunami, threatened a journalist, then blamed it on his Kyushu background and his blood type)
Not too many of the people from the second list will be missed.
Notable DPJ members who were “revived” on the PR list after losing their SMD seats include former PM Naoto Kan and Noda’s DPJ leadership run-off rival Kaieda Banri.