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    Japan to Elect DPCA Voting Representative



    Rationale for Electing a Voting Representative

    The Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) is the highest authority of Democrats Abroad and has general responsibility for the administration and work of Democrats Abroad. The DPCA is composed of the Chair and Vice Chair of each country committee, country committee voting representatives (if any), Democrats Abroad’s elected DNC members, and the officers of Democrats Abroad, such as the International Chair, International Vice Chair, etc.


    In recent years, Japan had routinely been allocated four DPCA votes based on its population of verified members.  These four votes, pursuant to the DPCA Charter, are cast by the Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) Chair or Vice Chair at DPCA meetings.  If the Chair and Vice Chair are both present at a meeting, the Chair and Vice Chair have split Japan’s votes (two and two).  No DPCA voting member may cast more than four votes.


    On February 25, 2017, Japan was informed that it had been allocated one extra DPCA vote for a total of five votes due to the increase in its proportion of the global membership of Democrats Abroad.  In order to ensure that Japan can cast all five of its votes on matters voted on by the DPCA, Japan is holding elections within the country committee to elect Japan’s Voting Representative.


    Job Description of a DPCA Voting Representative

    Under the Charter of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA), Voting Representatives may—and in some cases, must—be elected by country committees to cast votes on behalf of the country committee at DPCA meetings. A Voting Representative must be a member of the country committee he or she represents. 


    Japan’s Voting Representative is expected to participate in the DPCA Global Meeting as a member of Japan’s delegation including the Chair and Vice Chair of DAJ. In principal, the Chair and Vice Chair will each cast two votes and the Voting Representative will cast one vote. The meeting will take place from May 12 to 15, 2017 in Washington DC.  The Voting Representative may travel to the meeting to participate in person or may participate via WebEx (DPCA’s web conferencing platform). Voting representatives must bear their own costs of travel or other expenses related to the meeting.


    Between DPCA Global Meetings (held annually), voting representatives are encouraged to: (1) remain up to date on the business of the DPCA and the provisions of the DPCA Charter; (2) participate in the work of the DPCA by contributing to global committees, taskforces or caucuses; (3) remain active in the country committee share insights with local members about what is transpiring at the global level; and (4) participate in monthly AP regional teleconferences (via WebEx).


    March 12, 2017


    Tom Schmid, Chair

    Democrats Abroad Japan

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    Tokyo — From February 11 to 17, 2017, members of Democrats Abroad Japan participated in an online poll to express their preference for the next DNC Chair. Keith Ellison, Democratic Congressman from Minnesota, was the overwhelming preference among those who responded. Ellison was the preferred choice of 65.5% of the respondents. Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez came in a distant second at 11.7%.  Ellison and Perez are generally considered the front runners in the race for DNC chair.


    Thirty-four respondents (19.9%) preferred a candidate other than Ellison or Perez, and all but two of the candidates listed in the poll received at least two votes.


    Only two of the respondents indicated that they had no preference or were undecided. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Howard Dean all received write-in votes, although some of them were excluded from the official total due to spoiled ballots.


    The poll’s margin of error is estimated at 7% at a 95% confidence interval. The complete results of the poll are listed below.



    Democrats Abroad Japan

    DNC Chair Poll (February 17, 2017)


    65.5%   Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative from Minnesota since 2007


    11.7%   Thomas Perez, former United States Secretary of Labor (2013-2017)


    3.5%    Robert Vincent Brannum, NAACP-DC Veterans Committee Board Member


    3.5%    Sally Boynton Brown, Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party since 2012


    3.5%    Jaime Harrison, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party since 2013


    2.9%    Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, South Bend, Indiana


    2.9%    Jehmu Greene, former head of Rock the Vote


    2.3%    Sam Ronan, Ohio


    1.2%       Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, current DNC Vice Chair (Buckley has dropped out of the race and endorsed Keith Ellison)


    1.2%    Bernie Sanders (Write-in)


    1.2%    Undecided / No Preference


    0.6%    Howard Dean (Write-in)


    0.0%    Peter Pecharsky, Wisconsin


    0.0%    Vincent Tolliver, Georgia




    An email containing a link to the poll was sent to 2,681 members of Democrats Abroad Japan on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The email was received by 2,659 members, as 22 email addresses were either bad or the message bounced. The email was opened by 1,069 members. On Friday, February 17, 2017, a reminder email including the link to the poll was sent to the DAJ membership list. The reminder email was opened by 993 members. The poll closed at 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017.


    In total, 179 responses were received. The following responses were excluded from the final tally: 1 duplicate response, 2 invalid members, and 5 spoiled responses (i.e., respondents selected more than one candidate). A total of 171 valid responses were received.


    Respondents were required to provide name and contact information. Email address and residential address were required. Respondents were also required to state whether or not they currently reside in Japan. Telephone number was optional. Each respondent’s name and/or email address was searched in the DAJ database to ensure that each respondent is a valid DAJ member.


    Margin of error was determined using Survey Monkey’s online Margin of Error Calculator.

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 01:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    The Wesley Center in Minato-ku, Japan

    Annual General Membership Meeting




    To:     General Membership

                Democrats Abroad Japan


                PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as a quorum shall be present, the Chair of Democrats Abroad Japan, pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Bylaws, will call to order a meeting of the general membership of Democrats Abroad Japan.  The meeting will take place in Room 205 of the Wesley Center, 6-10-11 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062.


                Online participation will be available via WebEx video link.  A link to the online meeting will be distributed to the membership in advance of the meeting via email. For general information on using WebEx, please visit:


    Members who wish to receive the notice should login to their accounts to ensure that their email address is current and that they have not unsubscribed to DAJ's email list.

                In addition to officers’ reports and updates from chapters, committees and other working groups, the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) has agreed to accept ballots for the election of national officers from those who attend in person. Per the instructions and calendar established by the NEC, remote voting is available for members who cannot attend in the meeting in person. 


    There is no fee to attend the meeting, although cash donations will be greatly appreciated to cover the administrative costs of the meeting and fund DAJ’s activities. To donate via bank transfer, please contact Tom Schmid at jp-chair@democratsabroad.org.


    Questions regarding this notice may be directed to the following address: info-japan@democratsabroad.org.



    Date: March 27, 2017


    Democrats Abroad Japan Executive Committee

    Tom Schmid, Chair

    Leslie Anne Rogers, Vice Chair

    Jenise Treuting, Secretary

    Terrance Young, Treasurer