Tag - vote-disparity



Jun 16, 2018
Partisan electoral system reform
The LDP's latest proposal for narrowing the vote-disparity gap prioritizes its own interests.
Feb 21, 2018
LDP's proposed electoral system amendment
The LDP's proposed electoral system amendment won't solve the vote-value disparity problem and may conflict with the Constitution's Article 43.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 8, 2018
High court rules vote weight gap in Japan's 2017 general election was unconstitutional
A high court ruled Wednesday that the gap in the weight of votes in last October's Lower House election amounted to "a state of unconstitutionality," despite previous high court rulings accepting the level of disparity.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 30, 2018
Two high courts rule Japan's October election was constitutional amid vote disparity challenge
Two high courts ruled Tuesday that a less than twofold vote disparity in last October's Lower House election was constitutional, dismissing plaintiffs' calls to invalidate the outcome.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 19, 2018
October snap poll constitutional, court rules
A court ruled Friday that the vote disparity in last October's House of Representatives election was constitutional, in the first decision among a series of lawsuits challenging the results of the general election.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 23, 2017
Lawsuits filed to nullify Lower House election over vote-value disparity
A group of lawyers filed lawsuits seeking to invalidate the results of Sunday's Lower House election for all 289 single-seat districts.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 27, 2017
Supreme court rules that vote gap in 2016 Upper House election is constitutional
The Supreme Court ruled the vote disparity in the July 2016 Upper House election to be constitutional, following more than a dozen conflicting rulings from lower courts.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 9, 2017
Diet finally enacts electoral redistricting law to correct vote weight disparities across Japan
After years of stalling, the Diet enacted a law Friday to revise Lower House electoral districts to reduce voting weight disparities between densely and sparsely populated precincts that had marred the credibility of national elections.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 16, 2017
Cabinet OKs bill that would bring vote weight disparity within constitutional threshold
A bill that would reduce vote weight disparity to a constitutional level by revising Lower House single-seat districts won approval Tuesday from the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Apr 24, 2017
Lower House electoral system needs an overhaul
Only comprehensive reform can resolve the Lower House electoral system's problems.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 31, 2016
Fukuoka court rejects suit over vote-value gap in July Upper House election
The Fukuoka High Court on Monday rejected a suit demanding that the outcome of the July Upper House election be invalidated due to the disparity in the weight of votes.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 26, 2016
Suit seeking to void July Upper House election over vote gap nixed
A Hiroshima court rejected a suit Wednesday demanding invalidation of the outcome of the July Upper House election due to disparity in the weight of votes, adding to a growing list of similar rulings over the election.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 20, 2016
Courts reject two more lawsuits seeking to void Upper House election
High courts on Thursday rejected two more lawsuits aimed at nullifying the results of the Upper House election in July over the nationwide disparities in voting values.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 20, 2016
Japan's courts split over vote-weight disparity in July election but none voids results
Three Japanese high courts on Wednesday rejected lawsuits seeking to invalidate the July Upper House election due to its vote weight disparity but gave differing opinions on the constitutionality of the disparity itself.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 17, 2016
Lawsuit seeking to invalidate July Upper House election nixed for second time
For the second time in less than a week, a high court has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the July Upper House election over the disparity in the value of votes in the most and least represented constituencies.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 14, 2016
Court rejects lawsuit to void July Upper House election over vote values
The Okayama branch of the Hiroshima High Court on Friday turned down a lawsuit seeking to void the July Upper House election because of the gap in vote values between lightly populated and densely populated constituencies.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 11, 2016
Lawsuits aim to void Japan's latest election over vote disparity
Two groups of lawyers said they are filing lawsuits with courts across Japan seeking nullification of the outcome of Sunday's Upper House election due to the uncorrected disparity in the weight of votes between constituencies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2016
Jul 6, 2016
Kochi voters feel neglected after redrawing of electoral boundaries
Campaigning is at fever pitch ahead of Sunday's Upper House election, with candidates pounding the pavement, holding rallies and calling out their names and slogans for hours on end via loudspeakers.
Apr 24, 2016
Insufficient electoral reform
The ruling coalition needs to explain why the nation is still being kept waiting for the fundamental reform needed to correct the gross disparity in vote values.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 26, 2016
Census confirms population shrinkage, vote-value disparities
The 2015 census is the first to confirm Japan is shrinking, but it also shows why the value of people's votes is being warped nationwide.


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