Upper house vote-value gap decreases to 3.08 times
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The maximum vote-value disparity between House of Councilors electoral districts has slumped to 3.08 times from 4.77 times in the 2013 upper house election, a Jiji Press estimate based on government data showed Wednesday.
The improvement followed a law revision to reorganize some electoral districts and adjust seat allocations after vote-value gaps in the 2013 poll were deemed by the Supreme Court to be in a “state of unconstitutionality.”
In the reorganization, two pairs of thinly populated neighboring prefectural constituencies — Tottori and Shimane, and Tokushima and Kochi — were integrated.
According to the internal affairs ministry data, the total number of registered voters stood at 106,600,408, of whom 106,494,879 lived in Japan.
By constituency, the number was the largest in Tokyo, with 11,194,225 and the smallest in Fukui, with 659,011.
本日気になった表現は “thinly populated” です。