• Kyodo


The Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court ruled Tuesday that the disparity of up to 4.77-fold in the weight of votes in July’s Upper House election was “in a state of unconstitutionality” but rejected the plaintiff’s demand that the result in Okinawa be invalidated.

The decision followed similar rulings by the Takamatsu High Court and the Kanazawa branch of the Nagoya High Court on Monday. The court in Okinawa handed down the sixth such ruling among 14 similar lawsuits filed with high courts across Japan by groups of lawyers.

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