2018年04月28日

Japanese Parliament, made up of two chambers, has many points of similarity to the British system.

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Modern legislative system of Japan was basically established in 1889. This system consisted of the House of Representatives and the House of Peers, and the voting rights were limited to men of the highest taxpayers over 25 years old, they were just 1 percent of then Japanese population. Thereafter, the right to vote was given to all the men regardless of taxation in 1925. All the people over 20 years old including women were given the voting right after the Second World War in 1945. And age was lowered to 18 years old in 2016. The number of assembly seats for lower house is 475 with a 4-year term, upper house 242 with a 6-year term (half the members are to be reelected every 3 years). The eligibility for lower house election is over 25 years old, upper house over 30 years old. The term of lower house is shorter than upper house and they can be ordered to be dissolved by a Cabinet, so the lower house has stronger competence than upper house. Lower house reflects public opinion more than upper house. The picture shows the main chamber of lower house. Inside the National Assembly building in Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, is open to the public except for weekends and national holidays.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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