(Asahi: March 8, 2016 – p. 4)
On March 7, Lower House Speaker Tadamori Oshima met with representatives of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the Japan Innovation Party (JIP), and the Komeito to hear their views related to the reform of the House of Representatives electoral system being undertaken with an eye to rectifying the “vote-value disparity.” Komeito reiterated its proposal that the allocation of Lower House seats to each prefecture be reviewed by applying the Adams’ method based on the 2015 census. The DPJ and the JIP, which had proposed adopting the Adams’ method based on the results of the 2010 national census, told Oshima that they accept the Komeito’s proposal.
In the meeting with Oshima, Komeito Secretary-General Yoshihisa Inoue and Deputy Chief Kazuo Kitagawa proposed the immediate introduction of the Adams’ method based on the 2015 census. However, when asked by reporters after the meeting whether Komeito would accept the Liberal Democratic Party’s proposal that the introduction be postponed if introduction of the Adams’ method based on the 2020 census were stipulated in the provisions of the relevant laws, Kitagawa said, “This matter should be looked into.”
In their joint meeting with Oshima, DPJ Secretary-General Yukio Edano and JIP Secretary-General Masato Imai said to Oshima: “There is room to use either the 2010 or 2015 census” provided the Adams’ method is introduced immediately. The two parties aim to tighten the noose around the neck of the LDP by drawing close to Komeito, according to a senior DPJ member. After the meeting, Edano criticized the LDP’s stance, noting, “The key point of (the recommendation by the Lower House speaker’s advisory panel) is to reduce the number of Lower House seats by 10 through the adoption of the Adams’ method. We will find it problematic if the two are not implemented together.”