Lawsuits Filed in Japan to Undo Upper House Election

Politics Society

Tokyo, July 22 (Jiji Press)--A group of lawyers in Japan filed or will file lawsuits Monday with 14 high courts and high court branches across the country seeking to invalidate the results of Sunday's House of Councillors election for all 45 electoral districts with single or multiple contested seats.

The group claimed that the election was unconstitutional in terms of vote-value disparities.

"While (the situation) has improved, we're looking to realize an election in which the weight of one vote is the same (in all constituencies)," Noriyuki Okuyama, a lawyer who filed one of the lawsuits with Sapporo High Court, told reporters.

According to calculations based on the number of eligible voters as of the day before the start of the election's official campaign period, the number of voters per Upper House seat in the latest election was highest in Miyagi Prefecture and lowest in Fukui Prefecture. The value of votes in Fukui was 2.998 times that in Miyagi.

The group said that it was abnormal for the vote-value gap to stand around three times.

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