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The Hiroshima High Court ruled Thursday that the outcome of the July Upper House election in Okayama Prefecture should be invalidated due to an unconstitutional disparity in the weight of votes.

The decision by the court’s Okayama branch is the first among 14 similar lawsuits filed with high courts across Japan by groups of lawyers who argue that the disparity of as much as 4.77-fold in the nationwide July 21 Upper House election violates the equal-protection clause in the Constitution.

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