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Country vs country: Japan and United States compared: Government > Legislature (parliament) stats

Definitions

  • Lower house members: Members of the lower house of the legislature or of the only chamber in a unicameral system.
  • People per member: Number of people each member of the legislature represents on average. The number of members of the legislature is the sum of the members of all chambers of parliament, if applicable.
  • Strongly bicameral?: Political scientist Robert A. Dahl compares the constitutions of countries which have been “steadily democratic since 1950” on the characteristic of bicameralism, determing if there are two houses in the legislature, both with substantial powers. (Strongly bicameral or not strongly bicameral).
  • Term of office for lower house members: Members of the lower (or sole) house.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Term of office for upper house members: Members of the upper house*.

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  • Total members of parliament: Number of members of the legislature (sum of members of all chambers of parliament where applicable).
  • Upper house members: Members of the upper house of the legislature. Does not include countries with a unicameral system.
STAT Japan United States
Lower house members 480
Ranked 18th. 10% more than United States
435
Ranked 25th.
People per member 176,648
Ranked 13th.
575,019
Ranked 3rd. 3 times more than Japan
Strongly bicameral? No Yes
Term of office for lower house members 4
Ranked 123th. Twice as much as United States
2
Ranked 183th.
Term of office for upper house members 6
Ranked 21st. The same as United States
6
Ranked 17th.
Total members of parliament 722
Ranked 7th. 35% more than United States
535
Ranked 25th.
Upper house members 242
Ranked 8th. 2 times more than United States
100
Ranked 24th.

SOURCES: Wikipedia: List of legislatures by number of members; How Democratic is the American Constitution? Robert A. Dahl.2001. ISBN 0-300-09218-0. Table 1.; Wikipedia: Term of office (Terms of office by country)

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