Japan Sees 3rd Ruling Finding July Poll Constitutional

Politics Society

Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese high court and a high court branch ruled Tuesday that the July 21 election for the House of Councillors was constitutional in terms of vote-value disparity.

As a result, the number of verdicts that have found the election constitutional in a recent series of lawsuits increased to three.

Tuesday's rulings were handed down by Nagoya High Court's branch in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, and Osaka High Court in western Japan. They were the fourth and fifth verdicts in the 16 lawsuits filed with 14 high courts and high court branches by two groups of lawyers.

The groups are demanding the annulment of the election results for the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, in which the maximum vote-value disparity was 3.00 times.

Earlier this month, Takamatsu and Sapporo high courts concluded that the election was held in a state of unconstitutionality, saying that a full review of the current election system is necessary. Both courts stopped short of invalidating the election results.

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