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VOTE DISPARITY

The Supreme Court Grand Bench on Wednesday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 18, 2023
Top court rules 2022 election vote disparity constitutional
The decision followed 16 rulings from lower courts, with one saying the gap was unconstitutional and eight calling it in a "state of unconstitutionality."
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 20, 2023
LDP power struggle in Yamaguchi shows waning influence of Abe faction
With Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi having been selected for the new No. 3 district, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's caucus has come out on top over the Abe faction.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Mar 2, 2023
Redrawn electoral map raises concerns in Japan's rural areas
To rectify vote-value disparities, 10 seats will be transferred from the least populous rural areas to the most densely populated urban areas.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 25, 2023
Japan's Supreme Court rules 2021 vote-value disparity constitutional
Among the 15 justices of the top court's Grand Bench, 14 ruled the 2021 Lower House election was constitutional, while one said it was unconstitutional.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 22, 2023
Redrawing of electoral map puts focus on late Abe's home turf
Yamaguchi's four single-seat constituencies in the Lower House have been reduced to three as a result of the redrawing of boundaries under a revised law put into effect last month.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 18, 2022
Parliament OKs bill to redraw Lower House electoral map to curtail vote-value disparities
The revised law, which will remove one seat each from 10 prefectures and distribute 10 to five other prefectures, will be put into effect a month after its promulgation.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 16, 2022
Eight of 16 courts find July Upper House poll to be in unconstitutional state
The rulings were given on lawsuits filed with high courts and high court branches across the country by two groups of lawyers claiming that the Upper House poll violated the Constitution.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 1, 2022
Japan court rules July election vote gap unconstitutional
Tuesday's ruling covered constituencies in Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, and Yamagata prefectures in the Tohoku region.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 26, 2022
A second ruling finds July Upper House poll was constitutional
A total of 16 lawsuits over vote-value gaps in the July election have been filed with 14 high courts and high court branches across the country.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 21, 2022
Cabinet OKs bill to rebalance Lower House electoral districts
The revision to the Public Offices Election Act would affect 140 single-seat districts in 25 prefectures, with an eye to narrowing vote disparity.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 14, 2022
Osaka High Court declares July Upper House poll unconstitutional
The court rejected the plaintiffs' demand that the result of the election, in which the maximum vote-value gap stood at 3.03 times, be nullified.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 12, 2022
Senior LDP executive backs discussions on anti-cult law
Toshiaki Endo, chair of the LDP's General Council, said that it would nonetheless be 'hard to define what cults are.'
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 9, 2022
Lower House redistricting plans in focus after Abe’s death
The ruling LDP is facing tricky political questions in the late PM's home prefecture of Yamaguchi, with the answers likely to impact a Lower House district realignment plan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 17, 2022
Boundary changes advised for 140 Lower House constituencies in Japan
The changes would be the fourth since single-seat constituencies were introduced in 1994, affecting almost half of the country's 289 districts.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 11, 2022
Lower House redistricting threatens clash of titans within LDP
With a single-seat district to be cut in Yamaguchi, Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could end up fighting for the remaining seats and resulting influence.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 18, 2020
Japan's top court rules 2019 election vote weight gap is constitutional
Following 16 conflicting rulings from lower courts, the top court rejected the plaintiffs' demand for the outcomes of the House of Councilors election held on July 21, 2019, to be nullified.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 24, 2019
Sapporo High Court rules July election is in 'state of unconstitutionality' due to vote disparity
The Sapporo High Court ruled Thursday that July's Upper House election was in a "state of unconstitutionality" due to a disparity in the value of a vote between the most and least-populated constituencies, with some being worth up to three times more.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 16, 2019
Court rules July poll result was 'unconstitutional' due to vote disparity
A court on Wednesday ruled July's Upper House election was in a "state of unconstitutionality" due to disparities in the weight of a single vote between urban and rural constituencies.
EDITORIALS
Jul 20, 2018
The need to overhaul the electoral system
The amendment to the Public Offices Election Law that was hastily enacted this week highlights all the more the need for a more fundamental overhaul.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 18, 2018
Diet passes controversial bill adding seats to Japan's Upper House for first time in nearly half a century
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.

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