The Supreme Court declared on Wednesday that the 2012 Lower House general election was “in a state of unconstitutionality” due to the large disparity in vote value among constituencies, but declined to nullify its outcome.

It was the first such ruling, based on nuanced Japanese phraseology that stops just shy of an outright declaration of unconstitutionality, by the top court since March 2011, when it found that the summer 2009 general election was identically flawed.

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