Japan Top Court Finds 2019 Upper House Poll Constitutional
Tokyo, Nov. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japan’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the July 2019 House of Councillors election was constitutional, although the value of votes in some constituencies was up to 3.00 times higher than in others.
The top court’s Grand Bench issued the ruling on a total of 16 lawsuits filed across the country by two groups of lawyers claiming that the Upper House election was unconstitutional due to the vote-value disparities.
The ruling recognized the reduction in the maximum vote-value gap to 3.00 times from 3.08 times in the previous Upper House election in 2016 as an improvement.
At the Supreme Court, 10 of the 15 justices said the election was constitutional. Among the remaining five, one said the election was constitutional but expressed opposition to the process for making the judgment. Another justice said the poll was held in a “state of unconstitutionality,” while the other three said it was unconstitutional.
In the 2016 election, sparsely populated neighboring prefectures were integrated into single constituencies to narrow vote-value disparities.
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