Hi, I’m Hosma. The following is a translation of the past article “日本と世界の選挙スタイルの違い” using a translation app. In Japan, you can’t vote with your smartphone yet, but eventually you will be able to. There is no longer a need to be in the right place at the right time to do it. So here you go.
October 22, 2017, is the upcoming election for the House of Representatives. For those of you who surf the Internet in real time to read articles like this and sell oil, will you go to the election?
Hospa and Hosma went to the polls before the deadline. We then went to the dining room at the ward office to eat. Yakusho rice is surprisingly good! Oh, and today’s post is a host family perspective on the election.
There’s also the AKB48 General Election, but I think it’s a great event for people who like it. It would be nice to be able to have a great influence on the child you are supporting because you can vote according to yourself, but in Japanese political elections, it is one person and one vote. At dinner time at my house, I brought up this election and made the dinner time exciting.
Age at which you can vote, and your rights and obligations
I, Hospa, wasn’t usually aware of it. It’s just a right to vote when you’re an adult. I’m embarrassed.
Until just a few years ago, the age to vote in Japan was 20 years old, but the Election Law was partially amended in June of 2017 and the law was changed, changing the voting age from 20 years old to 18 years old.
In France, our homestay students are allowed to vote from the age of 18. The interesting thing about Brazil is that the ability to vote is not a right, but a duty.
Unless you can’t go to the elections because of illness, because you have a job you can’t take off, or because you are studying in Japan and not in your native Brazil for a while, you will have to pay a fine of up to 35 reais (about 1,100 yen) for disobeying this obligation.
And there’s a fixed age at the end of this, 70. Until this year, voting was not a “can do” but a “must do“.
If you fail to comply with this obligation and are fined three times in a row, you may not be issued a passport to travel abroad, you may not be able to get a loan from a bank, or you may not be able to enroll in a public university. Even though it’s a national policy, it’s heavy-handed.
As for the voting age, 176 out of 192 countries (92%) can vote from the age of 18. So the world standard age is 18 years old.
Countries where you can vote before then include Austria (from age 16), famous for its Mozart and other music; Indonesia (from age 17), nostalgic for its sweet tobacco called garam; and North Korea (from age 17), a dictatorship with a peculiar haircut at the top. (Incidentally, neighboring South Korea started at the age of 19. (It’s different in the north and south, too.)
Learning HP: Age to vote in every country in the world
Just as the age at which you can drive a car, get married, and drink is different in different countries, so the initial age at which you can vote is different from country to country.
This can be seen as a country recognizing its people as being able to judge politics from the age of 00, but what is wrong with that?
No, I think there is a part of the country that says it is easier to govern when its people don’t have a strong interest in politics. Is it because of the efforts of great people in the past to secure the right to vote in order to reflect the will of the people, that we have reached the present system? Sorry, but Hospa is very unfamiliar with these fields.
I actually went to the polls myself, and I found that in Japan, people write on the ballots they receive at the polls in pencil or pen, such as the party they support, the candidate, and the judge they want to remove from office. But if there is a change in location, the voting style will also change. In Brazil, it’s electronic. Yes, I’ve heard that people vote electronically without writing. I had a Brazilian student from my home show it to me.
This is what we’re doing! The image I was shown is here.
(I can’t send pictures from my iPhone, so I’ll embed them here in the future)
And it seems that in France, they don’t write down the cards of the people they want to support and vote for them. Oh, I thought that voting is basically writing on a piece of paper and dropping it at the ballot box, but I was too narrow-minded. If you change, your style will also change.
Learn how to vote around the world