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DAJ is the official country committee for Democrats living temporarily or permanently in Japan. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events. We have events planned throughout the year. Anyone interested in joining our events or volunteering is encouraged to get in touch.

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Tom Schmid, ChairDemocrats Abroad Japan

DA Japan Leadership:

| Japan Chair and Suginami-ku Precinct Captain
| Japan Vice Chair
| Japan Secretary and Shibuya-ku Precinct Captain
| Japan Treasurer and Ota-ku Precinct Captain
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    2017 Ballots for National and Kanto Elections

    The ballots for the national and Kanto elections have been emailed to the DA Japan membership list. In case anyone missed that email or was unable to receive your ballot, you can download your ballot here.


    DAJ National Ballot


    DAJ Kanto Ballot


    Please note that you must be a member of Democrats Abroad Japan to vote in these elections.  All ballots will be checked against our membership records to ensure that ballots are only counted tallied for members who are US citizens of voting age.

    And questions regarding voting in the DA Japan elections should be sent to:

    For the national election: dajelectioncommittee@gmail.com

    For the Kanto election: kantodajelectioncommittee@gmail.com  

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    2017 Candidate Statements for National and Kanto Chapter Offices

    The Democrats Abroad Japan 2017 Elections are officially underway.  Candidates for national office and Kanto Chapter office have been given the opportunity to submit candidate statements to the Nominations and Election Committees for the national and Kanto elections. A "Meet the Candidates" event was held on April 9, and candidates' videos are posted below. 


    Please note that a link to the ballots will be e-mailed to the DAJ membership. Ballots must be returned per the instructions of the applicable nominations and election committee (national or Kanto) by May 5, 2017.  Ballots can be cast remotely. The only in-person voting for the national and Kanto Chapter elections will take place at the Democrats Abroad Japan Annual General Meeting at the Wesley Center in Tokyo, Japan at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 30th. 

    National Office: Candidate Statements

    Please click here to read the written statements of candidates for national office.

    Kanto Chapter Office: Candidate Statements

    Please click here to read the written statements of candidates for Kanto Chapter office.

    Video Statements

    Please click here to watch the candidate videos posted on the DAJ YouTube page.  NOTE: If you are a candidate and you did not have the opportunity to participate in the Meet the Candidates event, please feel free to submit your own video to jp-secretary@democratsabroad.org.  You can also post your video on the DAJ Facebook group.   


    Elections for the Kansai and Tokai Chapters

    In principle, officer elections for National and Chapter offices were supposed to have been held by March 31st in odd-numbered years.  However, the Democrats Abroad Charter was amended in May 2016 by a resolution co-sponsored by DAJ Chair Tom Schmid. This gives all country committees until June 30th of odd-numbered years to hold their elections. Although the Bylaws of Democrats Abroad Japan still indicate, that elections shall be held by March 31st in odd-numbered years, the nominations and elections committees exercised the discretion granted to them in the bylaws to hold the elections by June 30th as a result of extraordinary circumstances, i.e., the change in the rule at the international level.

    Thus, the Kansai Chapter will be holding its elections on or before June 30, 2017. Our newest chapter in Tokai currently has provisional officers who will lead the chapter until such time as elections can be called.   If you have any questions about chapter elections, please email DAJ Chair Tom Schmid at jp-chair@democratsabroad.org.


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