Vote-Value Gaps Fall below 3 Times for Japan Upper House

Politics

Tokyo, July 5 (Jiji Press)--Disparities in the value of votes between electoral districts for Japan's House of Councillors are estimated to fall below three times in the July 21 Upper House election, Jiji Press has found from the latest government data on registered voters.

As of Wednesday, the number of voters per Upper House seat in each district ranged from 325,526, in Fukui Prefecture, to 975,949, in Miyagi Prefecture, putting the maximum vote-value disparity at 2.998 times.

The maximum vote-value gap is seen falling from 3.079 times in the last triennial Upper House poll, held in July 2016, after the public offices election law was revised in 2018 to increase the number of Upper House seats by six.

The narrower maximum gap reflects an increase, from six to eight, in the number of Upper House seats assigned to the Saitama district, where the number of voters per seat was the highest in the 2016 election.

The latest voter data were released by the internal affairs ministry on Thursday as the official campaign period for the July 21 poll started the same day.

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