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The Sapporo High Court ruled Thursday that it was unconstitutional to hold last year’s general election without correcting the regional disparity in voting weights, backing a similar decision made by the Tokyo High Court the previous day.

The court, however, dismissed the plaintiffs’ demand that the election results in Hokkaido’s No. 3 single-seat constituency be nullified, because the value of one vote there was 2.20 times larger than a vote in the prefecture’s least populous voting district.

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