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Japan Max Vote-Value Disparity to Get Narrower than 2 to 1

Japan Max Vote-Value Disparity to Get Narrower than 2 to 1

   Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government council proposed Wednesday to rezone 97 single-seat electoral constituencies for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, to make the gap between the value of one vote in the most and least populous districts narrower than 2 to 1.
   Under the recommended biggest-ever electoral reform for the all-important Lower House, the maximum vote-value disparity would shrink from the current 2.176 to 1 to 1.999 to 1, based on 2020 population estimates.
   Receiving the reform plan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government will swiftly introduce a bill to amend the public office election law to implement necessary measures. The constituencies would be rezoned as early as this summer.
   Under the plan, designed to eliminate a total of six Lower House seats, electoral districts will be split in record 105 municipalities in 19 of 47 prefectures in Japan, with one seat each set to be cut in Aomori, Iwate, Mie, Nara, Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures.
   In 2020, when the next large-scale national census is scheduled to be conducted, the Tokyo No. 22 district is projected to have the largest population, equivalent to 1.999 times the population of the Tottori No. 1 district.

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