The editorial “LDP’s proposed electoral system amendment” in the Feb. 22 edition was critical of a proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing each prefecture at least one representative in the Upper House. The proposal isn’t perfect, but neither are objections in the editorial.

The editors cite a conflict with Article 43, saying that both houses are to be representative of all the people. But they confuse deliberation with decision-making. It is possible for representatives to give voice to local concerns, while making decisions considering the welfare of the nation as a whole. Indeed, one cannot achieve such decisions without first hearing all of those voices.

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