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The Diet on Wednesday passed a controversial bill, sponsored by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party, to increase the number of seats in the Upper House for the first time in nearly five decades in pursuit of making the electoral system fairer.

The approval of the bill by a majority vote in the Lower House, which is controlled by the ruling coalition, will add six seats to the House of Councillors amid efforts to narrow what is known as the vote-value disparity.

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