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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the 2007 Upper House election results were valid, rejecting a claim by lawyers that the disparity in the relative weight of some votes in the election was large enough to violate the Constitution, which guarantees equal rights under the law.

The lawyers from Tokyo and Kanagawa prefectures sought the annulment of the July 27, 2007, House of Councilors election, arguing the number of eligible voters per seat in constituencies varied greatly, with the Kanagawa constituency having 4.86 times more voters than the less-populous Tottori constituency.

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