Tokyo, July 23 (Jiji Press)–Teenage voters’ turnout in Sunday’s House of Councillors election came to 31.33 pct for constituencies, the internal affairs ministry said in a preliminary report Tuesday.
The figure is 17.47 percentage points lower than the overall turnout of 48.80 pct and represented a 14.12-point fall from the previous Upper House election in 2016, the first national election after the minimum voting age was lowered from 20 to 18.
The preliminary survey, which covered 188 of 47,044 voting districts across Japan, found that 3,733 out of 11,914 voters aged 18-19 went to polling stations.
Further details showed that ballots were cast by 34.68 pct of 18-year-olds and 28.05 pct of 19-year-olds. Women’s turnout was higher than men’s in both age groups.
(JMH translated and added the graph on page 3 of the July 24, 2019, edition of the Tokyo Shimbun.)