Lawmaker to present upper house election reform proposal next May

A senior lawmaker of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Friday he will present a proposal, possibly by next May, on electoral reform of the House of Councillors to reduce disparities in the weight of votes.

Masashi Waki, chairman of the upper house's election system panel, announced the plan after the Hiroshima High Court on Thursday ruled part of July's upper house election should be invalidated due to an unconstitutional disparity in the weight of votes.

Waki indicated his hope to reform the election system before the next triennial upper house election in 2016.

LDP Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba told a press conference Friday he will try to reach a conclusion by next summer on how to reform the upper house election system in response to the court ruling.