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LDP to set up new section under Youth Division to reach out to young voters

  • 2015-12-08 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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(Yomiuri: December 8, 2015 – p. 4)


 In view of the likelihood that the voting age will be lowered from 20 to 18 from the House of Councillors election next summer, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has started seriously making efforts to come up with measures to reach out to young people. The LDP set up a new section focusing on new voters under its Youth Division and invited young people to participate in a debate on participation in politics on the night of Dec. 7.


 In order to gain support from young voters, the LDP plans to have its Diet members deliver speeches and exchange views at universities.


 Five university students and Youth Division Director Hideki Makihara and other junior lawmakers participated in the debate on Dec. 7. The students voiced such views as “the age eligible to run for election should be lowered to 18,” and “an Internet voting system should be introduced.” Makihara responded by saying: “We want to consider including your views in our campaign pledges for the Upper House election next year.”


 The LDP plans to actively exchange views with young voters from now on as well.


 In addition to sending cabinet members and high-profile legislators to such events as school festivals, the LDP is considering urging its local chapters to create similar sections to focus on college students.


 Meanwhile, opposition parties are apparently working to find ways to cooperate with Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy-s (SEALDs), a group of young people who conducted demonstrations against the security laws. A senior LDP member enthusiastically said, “We would like to convey the merits of our party through various activities.”

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