Vote Vote Vote !!!!

In Japan, adults over 20 for both males and females have rights to vote. For the past two weeks, almost all prefectures of Japan had voting days for a gubernatorial election and an election to choose the representative from each town/city. For me, April 8th was the day for voting, for some April 22nd was the day for voting. As I had been out of country for many years, it was my second time to vote. Like many countries, the proportion of young people aged between 20~30 have very low percentage of voting rates in Japan. However, I asked five friends that are ages either 23 or 24, finding out that only one person did not vote. Overall, the News says that although only about 37% of people voted by 5.00p.m.in Tokyo it was an increase over 4% since last time.

I though have to admit that it was rather annoying for the past weeks for the applicants’ cars goring all over my town, asking for everyone to vote since 8.00a.m. ~ 8.00p.m.every single day. It was even 8.00a.m.on Saturday morning the cars going around. It is because unlike the U.S., the time for Champaign is very limited. I mean how can I choose the one to vote if I know the person only from the Newspaper and TV during the Champaign that was less than two weeks? I live in the Prefecture next to Tokyo, so if you watch TV or even Newspaper, there are only the topics for Tokyo, but not much for the Prefecture that I live in. The only helpful information for the candidates was on the Newspaper two days before the voting day. If I had rights to vote for Tokyo governor, (which I could not) it was very easy. The candidates have been on TV a lot, discussing what their manifests are and what they are emphasizing on their Champaign. I wish I had rights to vote for Tokyo governor, because it is the center of Japan; I work there and so my brother.

On the day of voting, my father who usually goes to bed at 9.30p.m.stayed passed 11.00p.m.to find out who won from my area. I found it rather funny, but he was very excited to find out who won from my town. It was who he voted and also all my family members voted. It was very tight election, but I was glad that our town representative is someone new who is willing to make change, unlike the former representative who did nothing.

Two days later, I found out that my town’s voting rate was one of the highest voting rates in the Prefecture. The attachment is the post card that was sent before the election, which was used as identification for the day of voting.

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1 Comment so far

  1. James Hart (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    Welcome back Nightsea! It’s great to have you writing here again.
    I don’t like those deafening campaign vehicles either, but I can appreciate your point about trying to inform the public of who is standing and getting people out to vote.
    I remember voting in local elections in the UK and not recognising any names on the polling card. Maybe if I could vote here I wouldn’t mind the noise…



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