Mar 18, 2014

Overhaul the electoral systems

Diet members need to set their sights on overhauling the electoral systems for both houses before the next national election and explore what kinds of systems would better suit the different roles of each chamber.

Dec 26, 2013

Akita court hits vote gap, not results

A branch of the Sendai High Court ruled Thursday that the vote weight disparity of up to 4.77 times logged in the Upper House election in July was “in a state of unconstitutionality,” but rejected the plaintiffs’ demand that the results from the Akita ...

Dec 18, 2013

Two more high courts condemn vote gap

The Osaka High Court ruled Wednesday that the disparity of up to 4.77-fold in the weight of votes in July’s Upper House election was unconstitutional but dismissed plaintiffs’ demand that the election results in six western districts be nullified. Also on Wednesday, the Nagoya ...

Another court balks at voiding July poll

Dec 6, 2013

Another court balks at voiding July poll

The Sapporo High Court ruled Friday that the disparity in the weight of votes in July’s Upper House election was “in a state of unconstitutionality” but dismissed a demand that the result in the Hokkaido race be nullified. It was the third ruling among ...

Nov 28, 2013

Court voids Okayama poll result

The Hiroshima High Court rules that the outcome of the July Upper House election in Okayama Prefecture should be invalidated due to an unconstitutional disparity in the value of votes between constituencies.