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65% of 17-, 18-year-olds to “vote” in next summer’s upper house election

  • 2015-07-02 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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(Tokyo Shimbun: June 29, 2015—p. 3)


 In the wake of the Diet’s enactment of an amendment to the Public Offices Election Law lowering the legal voting age from the current age of “20 and over” to “18 and over,” Kyodo News conducted an online questionnaire survey of those 17 and 18 years old. In the survey, respondents were asked whether they will vote in an election set to be held in the summer of next year for the House of Councillors. In response to this question, a total of 65.7% answered in the affirmative. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the turnout of voters among those aged 20 in the last 2013 House of Councillors election was 31.4% (on average among some municipalities sampled out of the nation’s cities, towns, and villages). The results of previous polls and the one taken this time cannot be compared directly. Even so, the survey results showed that the youths are interested in the forthcoming election to a certain extent. (Abridged)



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