DPJ Proposes Removing 40 Seats from House of Councillors (16.5% of Total), Merging 5 Pairs of Adjacent Districts

DPJ Proposes Removing 40 Seats from House of Councillors (16.5% of Total)
Yomiuri Shimbun: 定数40減、10区を合区…民主が参院選改革案
Staff Report 2:38 PM July 27, 2011

At a general meeting of the House of Councillors the morning of the 27th, the ruling Democratic Party of Japan approved the following electoral reform plan for the legislative body, which is the upper house of the Japanese Diet:

(1) Decrease the number of seats by 40, or 16.5%, from 242 to 202. Half the losses would come from representatives elected by region and the other half from representatives determined by proportional representation, maintaining the current 50-50 split.

(2) Merge five pairs of adjacent districts with low numbers of constituents.

The plan was formally approved at the headquarters of the party’s Political Reform Committee. It will be sent to the leader of each party with representatives in the House of Councillors for discussion.

The district pairs to be merged would be Nagano and Yamanashi, Ishikawa and Fukui, Tottori and Shimane, Tokushima and Kochi, and Nagasaki and Saga. (Each of the ten is a prefecture.) Nagano-Yamanashi would have 2 representatives, the other pairs 1 each.

Hiroshima, Kyoto, Gifu, Niigata, Fukushima, and Miyagi would each lose a representative, leaving them with 1 each. Kanagawa would add a 4th representative. The councillor with the most constituents would represent 2.97 times more voters than the one with the least constituents.






(2011年7月27日14時38分 読売新聞)

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