Author: Tobias Harris
Categories: Japan Political Pulse
This summer’s House of Councillors (HOC) elections will be the first in which Japan’s eighteen and nineteen year olds can vote. Ahead of this historic vote, the Asahi Shimbun conducted a mail survey of soon-to-be-eligible young voters, seeking to understand how they view Japanese politics and society. In the near term, teenage voters could introduce an element of uncertainty into elections, particularly since the Asahi poll suggests that they could be an especially liberal voting bloc.
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Author: Sugawara Taku
Categories: In-Depth with Nippon.com
This article is available through a partnership between Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and Nippon.com. Article was originally written and published in Japanese on August 24, 2015. For original posting, click here. In June 2015, an amendment to the Public Offices Election Act lowering the voting age from 20 to 18 was enacted by the Diet.