(Asahi: March 8, 2016 – p. 4)
Toshimitsu Motegi, who heads the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) Election Strategy Committee, indicated on March 7 that the House of Councillors election slated for this summer will be held on July 10 or later. He disclosed this outlook an LDP meeting held in Chiba City yesterday. The LDP apparently is envisaging a date for the election that would give it the option of applying the new voting age of 18 and holding concurrent elections for the Upper House and Lower House. Motegi said: “I’m not sure if the election will take place on July 10, but it will not happen before July 10.”
The tenure of Upper House members up for reelection expires on July 25. The Public Offices Election Law requires that an Upper House election be conducted within 30 days before the expiration of the term of Upper House members up for reelection. Since the minimum voting age of 18 will become effective on June 19, there are three possible dates for the election: July 10, July 17, and July 24.