#433 Local Elections

April is the time of local elections in Japan.

Mayoral elections are across 88 cities, 13 ‘cities’ of Tokyo and 132 towns and villages.

And assembly elections are held across 305 cities, 21 wards of Tokyo and 404 towns and villages.

An elderly lady perusing the local candidates

An elderly lady perusing the local candidates

Elections are, of course, important – but Japan has some novel campaigning methods.

Candidates drive around in cars and vans with loudspeakers and waving at locals.

They also hang out on the street near local stations to build support and spread their message.

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This noisy affair is from morning to night for around a week before elections.

It’s an interesting spectacle to behold – a very grass-roots approach to campaigning.

But it does make you wonder how many people just choose them based on their overly-photoshopped, posed campaign poster shots.

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