Tag - vote-disparity



JAPAN / Politics
Feb 19, 2016
Abe eschews further delays, vows to cut 10 Lower House seats in line with census
The prime minister pledges to slash 10 seats in the Diet's House of Representatives sooner than his LDP party has proposed.
Dec 28, 2015
Time for serious electoral reform
Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers from rural areas are already gearing up to fight much-needed electoral reform to reduce the vote disparity between rural and urban areas.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 7, 2015
LDP mulls jiggering electoral districts as quick fix for vote weight disparity
A quick fix has been mooted within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to correct disparities in the weight of votes in Lower House elections, according to a senior party member.
Nov 27, 2015
Time to fix the vote-value disparity
Lawmakers have dallied long enough: Chastised again by the Supreme Court, it's time they got down to business and resolved the disparity in vote values between districts.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 25, 2015
Supreme Court says December election 'in state of unconstitutionality,' but won't nullify results
The top court decides that the last Lower House election was borderline unconstitutional due to the high level of vote-value disparities among constituencies.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 10, 2015
LDP OKs Upper House electoral reform plan to narrow vote value gap
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has endorsed an electoral reform plan proposed by four opposition parties to reduce disparities in the weight of votes in Upper House elections, paving the way for district changes for next summer's race.
May 27, 2015
Stop dragging feet on vote disparity
Political parties, especially the ruling LDP, are taking far too long to solve the deplorable disparity in the value of votes among electoral districts.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 28, 2015
12th court ruling questions constitutionality of 2014 election
The Okayama branch of the Hiroshima High Court ruled Tuesday that the results of the 2014 House of Representatives election were "in a state of unconstitutionality" due to disparities in the weight of votes between constituencies, but it rejected the plaintiffs' demand to nullify them.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 27, 2015
Fukuoka High Court doubts constitutionality of 2014 snap election
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 26, 2015
High courts continue to issue mixed rulings on 2014 vote disparity
Japan's high courts on Thursday continued to issue mixed rulings on the constitutionality of the vote weight disparities in the 2014 lower house election, with one court questioning the validity of the poll and another ruling it constitutional.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 25, 2015
Fukuoka High Court slams vote disparity in 2014 Lower House election
The Fukuoka High Court ruled Wednesday that the December 2014 Lower House general election was unconstitutional due to a disparity in the weight of votes between districts, the first such judgment in a series of similar lawsuits filed at high courts nationwide.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 23, 2015
Osaka court says 2014 vote gap in 'state of unconstitutionality'
The Osaka High Court ruled Monday that last December's snap Lower House election was "in a state of unconstitutionality" due to the disparity in the weight of votes between districts, but it rejected plaintiffs' demand that the results be nullified.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 20, 2015
Nagoya High Court says 2014 snap election results in 'state of unconstitutionality'
The Nagoya High Court ruled Friday that the House of Representatives election in December 2014 was "in a state of unconstitutionality" due to a disparity in the weight of votes between districts.
JAPAN / Politics / DECISION 2014
Dec 15, 2014
Lawsuits filed to nullify election results over vote-weight disparities
Two groups of lawyers filed suits Monday with high courts seeking to nullify the results of Sunday's election because of the Diet's perceived failure to correct disparities in the weight of votes among districts.
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2014
Campaigns under way but outcome no surprise
Two weeks after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to dissolve the Lower House and call a snap election, campaigning has officially kicked off with more than 1,000 candidates vying for the 475 seats in the Diet's lower chamber.
Nov 28, 2014
Foot-dragging on vote-disparity fix
The parties and lawmakers need to set aside their own interests and bring the gap in the value of votes within constitutionally acceptable levels.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 27, 2014
Opposition slams LDP failure to effect electoral reforms after top court lets lopsided poll stand
A feeling of relief swept among the ranks of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party amid intensifying criticsm from the opposition camp following Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling that judged a recent national election bordered on unconstitutionality but let the poll's outcome stand.
Mar 18, 2014
Overhaul the electoral systems
Diet members need to set their sights on overhauling the electoral systems for both houses before the next national election and explore what kinds of systems would better suit the different roles of each chamber.
Japan Times
Jan 15, 2014
Three cases, three paths to legitimacy for Supreme Court
When I began studying Japanese, one of my goals was to be able to read the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan's version of The Wall Street Journal. Achieving that goal, however, meant realizing that it is possibly The Most Boring Newspaper on Earth.
Dec 26, 2013
Akita court hits vote gap, not results
A branch of the Sendai High Court ruled Thursday that the vote weight disparity of up to 4.77 times logged in the Upper House election in July was "in a state of unconstitutionality," but rejected the plaintiffs' demand that the results from the Akita constituency be nullified.


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