Japan Court Finds Upper House Election Constitutional

Society

Akita, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--The Akita branch of Sendai High Court said Friday that the July 21 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, was constitutional in terms of vote-value disparity.

The ruling was the third in a total of 16 lawsuits calling for the annulment of the election, in which the maximum vote-value disparity was 3.00 times. The lawsuits were filed by two groups of lawyers with 14 high courts and high court branches across the country.

The latest ruling differed from the previous two rulings, in which Takamatsu and Sapporo high courts said the election was held in a state of unconstitutionality.

Presiding Judge Naoyuki Shiomi at the Akita branch in the northeastern Japan city of Akita, however, ruled that the disparity was constitutional and rejected the plaintiffs' claims.

On the 2016 Upper House election, in which the maximum disparity fell to 3.08 times through the integration of two pairs of sparsely populated neighboring western prefectures into single constituencies, the Supreme Court ruled the election constitutional, based on the Diet's willingness to fix the issue.

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