Upper House OKs LDP's Election Reform Bill
Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--The House of Councillors passed on Wednesday an amendment bill to the public offices election law calling for increasing the number of seats in the upper chamber of Japan's Diet by six from the current 242.
The Upper House approved the bill, sponsored by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, by a majority vote at a plenary meeting with support mainly from the LDP and its coalition partner, Komeito. The legislation was sent to the House of Representatives, the powerful lower chamber.
Earlier in the day, the Upper House election system special committee voted for the bill. The LDP hopes to enact the revised election law by the July 22 end of the ongoing session of the Diet.
Komeito, the Democratic Party for the People and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) had also submitted their own Upper House election reform bills. A similar bill had been put forward jointly by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and the Party of Hope.
The Komeito bill was voted down at a meeting of the special committee on Monday.
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