The Upper House, supported by members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and one of its allies, New Party Sakigake, approved a revised bill March 20 to start a soccer lottery system that would raise funds for the promotion of athletics.

More than half the members of Minyuren, an allied opposition force, also supported the bill. But due to the controversial nature of the bill, about half the members of the Social Democratic Party — the LDP’s other non-Cabinet ally — Komei as well as the Japanese Communist Party voted against the bill.

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