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Politicians pay more attention to the elderly because they vote.

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Katsuichi Imai, a director of economic policy at Japan's largest business federation, Nippon Keidanren, on why a long-term government spending plan calls for large increases in spending on care for the country's fast-growing elderly population, but little for child care. (Washington Post)

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Young people don't vote because nothing ever changes. The only people in the elections are in their 60's, almost 100% of the time with very few exceptions. How can a 60 year old understand the life of a 25 year old in today's society? They can't.

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neverknow2 - how dare you. don't you know that old people are always right?

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My mistake! I should have known I am an evil young person in their eyes! I'm not really sure how the system works here either. Is it difficult to register to vote? I hear, if you head abroad and come back, you have to re-register!? Anyone know?

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Is it difficult to register to vote? I hear, if you head abroad and come back, you have to re-register!? Anyone know?

You don't 'register to vote' as such. When you're born your parents register you as being a member of their household residing at their domicile, and if you move house from one local authority to another, you register the move. Then when an election comes up, Da Man already knows where you are and whether you're eligible to vote and can send you your voting card without you having to do anything about it. If you go abroad and come back again, you tell your local authority when you leave and again when you come back.

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What a novel concept. Politicians listening to those who voted for them. Completely unheard of in a democratic-republic.

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