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Law for Electoral Reform Comes into Force in Japan

Law for Electoral Reform Comes into Force in Japan

   Tokyo, July 16 (Jiji Press)--Japan's revised public offices election law came into force on Sunday, redrawing the electoral map for the House of Representatives to narrow disparities in the weight of votes between constituencies.
   The revision affected a total of 97 constituencies in Tokyo and 18 prefectures.
   The rezoning, which followed Supreme Court rulings that found the past three elections for the lower chamber of parliament to have been held in "a state of unconstitutionality," paves the way for a decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to dissolve the all-important Lower House for a snap election.
   The number of single-seat constituencies was cut by one each in six prefectures--Aomori, Iwate, Mie, Nara, Kumamoto and Kagoshima. Electoral districts were also revamped in Tokyo and 12 prefectures--Hokkaido, Miyagi, Fukushima, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Aichi, Osaka, Hyogo, Ehime, Fukuoka and Nagasaki.
   As a result, a record 105 municipalities each have two or more constituencies.

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