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A government panel advised Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday that boundaries in a record 140 constituencies in 25 prefectures for House of Representatives elections should be revised to address vote weight disparities.

The changes would be the fourth since single-seat constituencies were introduced in 1994, affecting almost half of the country’s 289 districts, and would reduce the vote weight disparity in Lower House elections from a potentially unconstitutional 2.096-fold difference to a 1.999-fold one.

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