Councilors snub bill on vote gap fix
Japan Times -- Jun 22
In an act of protest, the opposition-controlled House of Councilors on Friday refused to vote on a bill to rectify the unconstitutional vote-value disparity in the House of Representatives and sent it back to the lower chamber.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and junior coalition partner New Komeito, which hold a two-thirds majority in the Lower House, pledged to pass the bill again as early as Monday.

Five days before the end of the Diet session, the standoff between the ruling and opposition camps appeared to be devolving into another round of withering "power game" politics.

Although the ruling camp had pushed to put the bill to a vote Friday, the Upper House Steering Committee, controlled by the opposition, declined to vote, claiming there wasn't enough time for deliberation.

国会は、衆議院小選挙区の「0増5減」にともなう区割り法案の扱いをめぐって、与野党­の溝が埋まらず、21日の参議院本会議での採決が見送られた。
Mar 04
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Mar 04
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Mar 04
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Mar 04
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Mar 04
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Mar 04
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Mar 04
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Mar 03
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Mar 03
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Mar 03
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Mar 03
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Mar 03
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Mar 03
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Mar 03
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Mar 03
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