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LDP hits new low with electoral reform bill in Upper House

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The Liberal Democratic Party’s abuse of its massive majority in the Diet reached a new low with its move to ram questionable Upper House electoral reform through the chamber.

An Upper House committee and the chamber’s plenary session on July 11 passed the LDP-sponsored bill to revise the Public Offices Election Law to increase the number of its seats by six.

The bill was passed in the face of opposition from all the opposition parties.

Although the bill will be sent to the Lower House, it is firmly on track to become law.

An electoral system affects the foundation of democracy. The ruling party has unilaterally and forcibly changed the way the Upper House is elected through just six hours of debate at a committee.

This is a legislative outrage, pure and simple, and an act of making a mockery of the democratic process.

To make the LDP’s move even more maddening, the bill is totally aimed at serving the party’s political interests.

In addition to increasing the number of Upper House members to be elected from Saitama Prefecture by two, the bill is also designed to introduce a “special category” into each party’s list of candidates for the chamber’s proportional representation seats. Each party will be allowed to list candidates on whom it puts a high priority as “special category” candidates, while its........

© The Asahi Shimbun