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Japanese youth are less involved in politics than their counterparts in the U.S. and Europe, as they feel disenchanted with the status quo and don't bother voting, while those who do tend to lean right.

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Momoko Nojo, 23, a Tokyo-based economics student, who runs "No Youth, No Japan," a student-led social media initiative founded in 2019 with more than 60,000 followers on Instagram, which promotes political literacy and aims to persuade a largely disenchanted youth to use their votes to influence the future.

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But alll those manga and anime characters and games are so much more kawaii and interesting than politics.

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After living in Japan a long time, I sense that the real problem is that the political system is rigged with landmines making it hard or impossible for an outsider to run for office, and even if she does there are booby trap laws and regulations that are easy to trip and obliterate a newcomer. The word that comes to mind is sclerotic.

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what's wrong in voting for right ?

and we all see the disaster that the left made during Fukushima accident

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@Cognac

It was the LDP who built the power station at Fukushima, controlled the safety measures and wrote the manual on what to do in the case of an accident so it was hardly the fault of DPJ who had only been in power for a year and a half.

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Duh. If you're not a scion, you're not allowed in. Nepotism is the definition of Japanese politics.

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to use their votes to influence the future

They are obviously too few for that in this aging society and even fast getting fewer (and the rest gets older, with probably other and changed views then). So there’s simply no possibility for that. And therefore I would ask the question, would you hear on such people or ever vote for them, when they not even understand themselves the simplest math and election procedures? Something has to be done for the youth, that’s true, but surely not by themselves, instead better by some considering, caring and generous adults.

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Perhaps the new awakening of youth in other parts of the world can catch on there, too.

Surely, Climate Change is a threat.

We beat back the crooked Trump Administration when the Decent Folk got aroused.

You can do it, too.

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"But all those manga and anime characters and games are so much more kawaii and interesting than politics."

Yes, and they should be used to spread the right messages to the youth about their futures.

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Japanese youth are less involved in politics than their counterparts in the U.S. and Europe, as they feel disenchanted with the status quo and don't bother voting, while those who do tend to lean right.

All 100% true, but I guess that they are finally figuring out that this country is not a real democracy at all. So why bother?

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