(Yomiuri: February 25, 2016 – p. 4)
Following is the gist of an interview with Tadamori Oshima, speaker of the House of Representatives:
[Reduction of Lower House seats]
There are views that opportunities to gauge the will of the people will decrease because the voices of people in local regions will be heard less often. However, this is an issue of how political parties fulfill their responsibilities for their election pledges.
There must not be a court ruling that the Lower House is in a state of unconstitutionality every time an election is held. The key point is what decision the Liberal Democratic Party will make on the introduction of the Adams method (proposed by the advisory panel to the Lower House speaker). The LDP probably knows that the Adams method is the basis. I fully understand the LDP’s difficulty. But I am looking forward to seeing the LDP giving high marks to the Adams method.
Since we have little time left to achieve a consensus, I want to find areas of agreement before the end of March. From now, I will hear views from each political party to find common ground. I will probably have more occasions to exchange views with the largest ruling party the LDP than with other parties. I hope a consensus will be built among various parties within the scope of the recommendations by the advisory panel. At present, I don’t have a proposal.
[Prime minister’s authority to dissolve Lower House]
If the Lower House is dissolved before the legislature reaches a decision on the vote-value disparity, similar lawsuits will be filed. Then the question would be how the prime minister views public opinion.