Japan Chair and Suginami-ku Precinct Captain

Getting out the overseas vote is our No.1 priority.  When Americans vote, Democrats win!


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  • posted about 2017 Ballots for National and Kanto Elections on Facebook 2017-04-22 06:48:53 -0400
    2017 Ballots for National and Kanto Elections

    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  


  • posted about 2017 Candidate Statements for National and Kanto Chapter Offices on Facebook 2017-04-17 21:03:41 -0400
    2017 Candidate Statements for National and Kanto Chapter Offices

    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.

     


  • Meet the Candidates for National and Kanto Chapter Offices

    On April 9, 2017, the Nominations and Election Committee (NEC) hosted a "Meet the Candidates" event at the Wesley Center in Tokyo.  Click here to watch the statements from the candidates who were able to attend.  Voting will begin later this month, and the NEC will prepare and distribute ballots to the membership. 

    The list of candidates who declared their nomination for National Office are:

    Chair of Democrats Abroad Japan
    Alexander Gonzalez

    Vice-Chair of Democrats Abroad Japan
    Kiyoko Ayukawa
    Rebecca Ferderer

    Secretary of Democrats Abroad Japan
    Rachel Mae Boellstorff 
    Gordon Louis Gaul IV

    DPCA Voting Representative 
    Leslie Anne Rogers
    Rachel Covington

    Member-at-Large Representing Hokkaido
    Ayse Yeager

    Member-at-Large Representing Eastern & Northern Honshu

    Jenise Treuting

     


  • posted about Donate on Facebook 2017-05-01 20:29:03 -0400
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  • posted about Update from the Nominations and Election Committee on Facebook 2017-04-03 04:27:43 -0400
    Update from the Nominations and Election Committee

    Update from the Nominations and Election Committee

    Upcoming Election Items

    Election season for Democrats Abroad Japan is here, and the Nomination and Elections Committee (NEC) would like to remind you of some very important upcoming events and items concerning the 2017 election cycle.

    Meet-The-Candidates Night
    Sunday, April 9th, 6-8PM. Room #205.
    Candidates and members alike, come meet and discuss the future of Democrats Abroad Japan!
    Location: Wesley Center
    6-10-11, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062, Japan

    Election Meeting and Ballot Tallying
    Sunday, May 7th, 2-4PM. Room #201.
    In the interests of transparency, the ballots for the 2017 election will be counted and tallied for any neutral observers to come watch. In the event of a tie, an immediate special election will be held on-site to determine the election winner for any national office position.  
    Location: Wesley Center
    6-10-11, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062, Japan

    Membership Survey
    In the 2017 election cycle, the NEC is asking the membership to vote on a question to ask all candidates running for national office. Voting for this survey question will close on Friday, April 7th, at 11:59PM. You can participate by clicking the link below:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeg9O2LOaeCBEVvK_ue0fzN0TpIUEp8-E8HVPEeyNLdO-vDLA/viewform?c=0&w=1

    As mentioned in a previous notification, the NEC will also be available at the DAJ General Meeting on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. We will have blank ballots available and have in-person voting at this event.

    Best Regards,
    John Baumlin
    Nomination and Elections Committee Chair
    Democrats Abroad Japan 


  • posted about Japan to Elect DPCA Voting Representative on Facebook 2017-03-16 19:45:57 -0400
    Japan to Elect DPCA Voting Representative

    Japan to Elect DPCA Voting Representative

    STATEMENT ON THE ELECTION OF A DAJ 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


  • posted about KEITH ELLISON A STRONG FAVORITE IN DAJ’S DNC CHAIR POLL on Facebook 2017-02-20 01:14:57 -0500
    KEITH ELLISON A STRONG FAVORITE IN DAJ’S DNC CHAIR POLL

    KEITH ELLISON A STRONG FAVORITE IN DAJ’S DNC CHAIR POLL

    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

     

     

    Methodology

    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.


  • DAJ ENDORSES FEBRUARY 12TH "MARCH FOR AN INCLUSIVE AMERICA"

    Tokyo, Feb. 6, 2017. Democrats Abroad Japan, the official country committee for Democrats living in Japan, is supporting the Alliance for an Inclusive America, a nonpartisan, multi-faith group, and its “March for an Inclusive America” to be held in Tokyo on Feb. 12.

     

    DAJ supports the alliance’s goals and its message of building inclusive societies, and DAJ officers and interested members will be attending the upcoming march. Expressing public support for an inclusive America by opposing the Trump administration's recent executive order on immigration is a first step in the democratic process, and the energy and interest developed through these marches needs to be channeled toward voting in state and federal elections. DAJ calls on all Americans living in Japan, regardless of party, to register to vote and request their ballots each year at www.votefromabroad.org.

     

    "I'm thrilled and encouraged by the response of so many Americans living in Japan who are speaking out in support of an inclusive society, rejecting discrimination and marginalization based on skin color, gender identity, faith or national origin,” said DAJ Chairman Tom Schmid. “We need to capitalize on this enthusiasm by making sure every American overseas is registered to vote and understands the voting procedures, in order to translate our sense of solidarity into action at the ballot box for this year's special elections and in preparation for the 2018 elections."

     

    Contact information (for media only):

     

    Tom Schmid, DAJ chair

    jp-chair@democratsabroad.org

     

    Jenise Treuting, DAJ secretary (Japanese-language media)

    jp-secretary@democratsabroad.org

     

    For details on the March for an Inclusive America, visit https://www.facebook.com/AllianceForAnInclusiveAmerica/posts/1849015578710763

    (This link is not hosted by Democrats Abroad Japan and is provided for reference only.)


  • INAUGURATION DAY MARCH AND VIGIL IN TOKYO ON JANUARY 20

    TOKYO, Jan. 13 – Americans living in Japan will hold a series of events that are open to the public in connection with the U.S. presidential inauguration, including a march and a vigil near the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo to thank outgoing President Barack Obama for his service and to thank our civil servants for the work they do for Americans overseas.

    These events, coordinated by Democrats Abroad Japan, will be held in conjunction with others taking place across the world as a part of Democrats Abroad’s Global Week of Action.

    “As Americans overseas, we want to thank President Obama for his service not only as a leader at home, but also globally,” said Tom Schmid, chairman of Democrats Abroad Japan. “Many Americans and our friends from other nations are concerned that President Obama’s progressive policies will be reversed by the new administration and a Republican-controlled Congress. We welcome all people who have the same concerns to join us as we organize worldwide to help protect President Obama’s accomplishments in the areas of health care, the environment, civil rights, equality, diversity, peace and international cooperation.”

    On Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, a vigil will take place outside the U.S. Embassy from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a march starting at Hibiya Park at 6:30 p.m. and ending at Mikawadai Park in Roppongi at approximately 8:00 p.m.

     

    On Jan. 22, a teach-in featuring professor and author R. Taggart Murphy will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wesley Center in Minami-Aoyama to analyze the 2016 election and to discuss how the Democratic Party can move forward towards the 2018 Mid-Term Election. Other speakers include Alex Gonzalez, Democrats Abroad delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention and former Democrats Abroad Japan Chair Mike Stensrud. All events are free and open to the public.

     

    Further details on each event are available at:

    http://www.democratsabroad.org/jp_events and

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/demsabroadjapan/events/

     

    Contacts (for press inquiries only):

    Tom Schmid
    Chairman, Democrats Abroad Japan
    jp-chair@democratsabroad.org


    Leslie Anne Rogers

    Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan

    jp-vicechair@democratsabroad.org

    For Japanese media:

    Jenise Treuting
    Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan
    jp-secretary@democratsabroad.org


  • posted about DA PHONE BANKING CAMPAIGN: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! on Facebook 2016-08-21 05:35:27 -0400
    DA PHONE BANKING CAMPAIGN: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

    DA PHONE BANKING CAMPAIGN: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

    The 2016 General Election is less than 12 weeks away, and we urgently need your help to get out the overseas vote. Our global leadership has established an online calling platform that allows volunteers from all parts of the world to phone bank. Join the phone banking campaign at http://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team

     

    Our goal

    Democrats Abroad Japan wants to make sure that each and every one of our members votes in the upcoming election. To make sure that our members have 1. Requested their ballots, 2. Received their ballots, and 3. Returned their ballots (i.e., voted), our goal is to place over 10,000 calls between now and the election.

     

    Why is phone banking important?

    In addition to guiding all of our members through the process of requesting, receiving and returning their ballots, the information we gather from this process will be vital to verifying our members’ contact information, which increases the accuracy and effectiveness of our membership database. If we have enough volunteers to contact our members, we will also encourage DA members around the globe to vote, particularly those who vote in battleground states.

     

    Need a few more reasons?

    ►      Ensuring that the Democratic justices regain a majority on the Supreme Court

    ►      Ensuring that strong, progressive Democrats are elected to re-take the Senate

    ►      Electing more Democrats to counter the stranglehold the far-right has in the House

    ►      And, of course, making sure that the closest The Donald ever gets to the Oval Office is from outside the fence surrounding the White House

     

    It’s easy to sign up

    Go to www.democratsabroad.org and login to your account. Click the “Get Involved” tab and then click on “Volunteer”. The direct link to the signup page is http://www.democratsabroad.org/voter_support_team

     

    No experience necessary

    Democrats Abroad will provide training and calling scripts to make the process of calling fast and easy. Whether you are an experienced phone banker or a first-timer, this phone banking campaign is for you. We have a fantastic new phone banking system that is 100% online, so you don’t have to use a single minute of your phone plan to help out.  All you need is a computer or laptop, Internet access, and a headset.  

    You are in control of your time: you can call as many members as you would like, at any time that’s convenient to you.  Maybe you have a spare fifteen minutes a few evenings during the week. Maybe the rainy weather is keeping you indoors and you have an hour on a dreary Sunday afternoon.  The choice is yours.

     

    Request your ballot now

    If you have not done so, register to vote and request your ballot today by visiting www.votefromabroad.org. By law, election authorities in the US are required to send ballots to registered overseas voters 45 days prior to the election, which is on or about September 24th.

     

    Thank you for your dedication and for being a part of Democrats Abroad.  We can’t do what we do without people like you.

     

     


  • posted about GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS ON JOINING DAJ WEB CONFERENCES on Facebook 2016-07-13 01:39:53 -0400
    GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS ON JOINING DAJ WEB CONFERENCES

    GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS ON JOINING DAJ WEB CONFERENCES

    What is WebEx?

    The Internet continues to bring the world closer together. Starting this month, DAJ is able to offer web conferencing for its membership and other meetings by using Democrats Abroad's WebEx web conferencing platform.  Web conferencing will allow DAJ members to participate in meetings whether they live in Kanto, Kansai, Hokkaido, Okinawa, and so on.  In fact, DAJ members can even participate in meetings if they are vacationing in Europe or visiting family back in the United States. DAJ leadership hopes that web conferencing will increase interest and participation in DAJ meetings, enhance our GOTV efforts, and ensure that DAJ is nationwide organization that services Democrats no matter where they live in Japan.

    How does it work?

    WebEx has its tricks, but it is fairly easy to use. For each meeting, you will receive an email from the host of the meeting.  The email will contain the meeting password and a link that you can click on when you are ready to join the meeting. You enter your name, email address, and the password when prompted.  Once the program loads, you need to call into the meeting by clicking on "Call in Using Computer". At that point, you should be connected to the meeting, which broadcasts using video and audio.  To save bandwidth, we typically ask attendees to turn off video and mute their audio when not speaking.  The WebEx platform also has document sharing and text messaging capability.  Click here for general instructions on joining WebEx meetings.

    Do I need to download anything?

    Yes, you need to have ActiveX plug-ins installed on your computer. You should be prompted to do this when you start WebEx for the first time.  Also, Java script is required.  If you are a presenter and would like to share pdf documents during the meeting, you should make sure that you have installed the most current version of Adobe. Click here for general instructions on setting up WebEx on your computer.

    Other tips

    Unless advised otherwise, please mute your microphone and turn off your video. With many people participating in the meeting, feedback, background noise and talking are common problems if microphones are not muted.  The procedure for asking a question during a WebEx meeting is to type **Hand Up in the text box.  Please make sure that your text settings are set to message "everyone". This procedure forms a queue, which will be managed by the WebEx host or an assistant. 

    If you use Windows 10, you may have a problem using the Microsoft Edge web browser. In the start up panel, search for Internet Explorer, and open the application (this has the light blue "e" instead of the dark blue "e"). Mac users have reported problems accessing the toolbar (at the top of the page) when working in the WebEx program. Make sure you move your mouse all the way to the top of the screen, which causes the toolbar to drop down.

    Questions

    If you have questions about WebEx or would like to assist us with WebEx administration at our meetings, please email Tom Schmid at jp-chair@democratsabroad.org. We're looking forward to seeing you online at our next meeting!

     

    DAJ Executive Committee

     


  • published DAJ EXCOM APPOINTS 2016 GOTV TEAM in News 2016-07-05 22:58:52 -0400

    DAJ EXCOM APPOINTS 2016 GOTV TEAM

    On July 3, 2016, DAJ Chair Tom Schmid announced the appointment of Japan’s 2016 Voter Information and Get-Out-the-Vote Team. The team is chaired by GOTV Coordinator Ruth McCreery. David Littleboy and Patrick Schumaker have been appointed as Assistant GOTV Coordinators. In collaboration with the DAJ Executive Committee, the GOTV Team will plan and organize DAJ’s GOTV activities for the 2016 election.

    Activities that have already been planned include voter registration at Shibuya Crossing and at the National Azabu supermarket in Tokyo, the US Embassy Friendship Day BBQ this fall, and phonebanking. The GOTV Team will explore other opportunities to engage and register voters in the Kanto region and throughout Japan.

    More information on how to volunteer for DAJ’s GOTV events will be coming soon, and we will review the details of our planned events at the General Meeting on July 17 (which can be attended in person or via web conference).

    Please join the DAJ Executive Committee in congratulating Ruth, David, and Patrick on their appointments, and thanking them in advance for their continued contributions to Democrats Abroad.


  • posted about TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR GENERAL MEETING (JULY 17) on Facebook 2016-06-22 01:32:39 -0400
    TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR GENERAL MEETING (JULY 17)

    TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR GENERAL MEETING (JULY 17)

    GENERAL MEETING (1 hour)
    I. Welcome & Announcements
    II. Officers' Reports
    III. Report from DAJ Kansai
    IV. Guest Speaker (Alex Gonzalez, DA Delegate to the  Democratic National Convention)
    V. Upcoming GOTV Activities
    VI. Member Questions and Comments
    TOWN HALL (1 hour)
    I. Session 1 (30 min.):  Policies and strategies for a stronger Democratic Party in 2018
    II. Session 2 (30 min.): Enhancing the relevance of Democrats Abroad and Democrats Abroad Japan to our members

  • posted about DAJ OFFICIALS TO SELECT DELEGATES AT REGIONAL CAUCUS AND GLOBAL CONVENTION IN BERLIN on Facebook 2016-05-10 01:51:21 -0400
    DAJ OFFICIALS TO SELECT DELEGATES AT REGIONAL CAUCUS AND GLOBAL CONVENTION IN BERLIN

    DAJ OFFICIALS TO SELECT DELEGATES AT REGIONAL CAUCUS AND GLOBAL CONVENTION IN BERLIN

    From May 12-15, 2016, officers and elected officials from Japan will participate in a series of important Democrats Abroad meetings in Berlin: the Global Meeting, the Asia-Pacific Regional Caucus, and the Global Convention. The full delegation representing Japan includes DAJ Chair Tom Schmid, who will attend the convention in person, and Vice Chair Leslie Anne Rogers, Secretary Jenise Treuting, and Kanto Member-at-Large John Helwig, who will all attend via web conference.

     

    Global Meeting

    Once each year, leaders of Democrats Abroad travel from all parts of the world to attend the Democrats Abroad Global Meeting.  The Global Meeting is where the organization elects its international leaders, conducts its annual business, shares information and best practices, and facilitates networking and cooperation between country committees.  This year, the Global Meeting will be held on May 12, 2016. Items on the agenda for the Global Meeting include voting on three resolutions and a resolution to amend the DPCA Charter. Also, the venue will be selected for the next Global Meeting, which Japan has submitted a bid to host.

     One of the propsoals is a resolution to amend the DA charter, which was proposed and co-sponsored by International Chair Katie Salon, New Zealand Chair Kat Allikian, and Japan Chair Tom Schmid. The proposal reflects a compromise in which country committees will be required to hold annual general meetings anytime in the first half of the year rather than in the first quarter, thus increasing compliance and providing country committees with greater discretion and flexibility. The other resolutions include a proposal to hold Democrats Abroad Global Meetings in Washington D.C. every year and a proposal to keep the Democratic Party Platform free from expressions of religious belief.

    Regional Caucuses and the Global Convention

    After the Global Meeting, a series of very significant ancillary meetings will be held from May 13 to 15. These meetings include three regional caucuses, one for each of Democrats Abroad’s three regions (Asia-Pacific, the Americas, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa), and the Democrats Abroad Global Convention. Each of these meetings will involve the selection of delegates pledged to Senator Sanders or Secretary Clinton. These delegates will represent their preferred candidates and Democrats Abroad at the Democratic National Convention (the “Convention”) in Philadelphia this July.

    The regional caucuses and the Global Convention will also elect a total of six people to represent Democrats Abroad on the Democratic National Committee. Moreover, the planks of the Democrats Abroad platform will be debated, discussed and adopted at these meetings.

    At the Asia-Pacific Regional Caucus, which will be held on May 14 at 5 am Central European Time, two regional delegates will be selected to attend the Convention. One of the delegates will be pledged for Bernie Sanders, and the other will be pledged for Hillary Clinton. Overall, Democrats Abroad is expected to send 13 pledged delegates to the Convention for Sanders and four pledged delegates for Clinton.  Pledged delegate allocations are based on the proportional results of the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary. 

    However, the individual delegates are selected by certified electors, and Japan has four electors participating in the Asia-Pacific caucus. Schmid, Treuting and Helwig are pledged electors for Sanders; Rogers is the only pledged elector for Clinton. Because Japan led the GPP voting in the Asia-Pacific region with a total of 1,356 valid ballots cast, Japan holds roughly 27% of the voting strength, also the highest in the region, in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Regional Caucus.

     

    From Japan, six members are seeking pledged delegate slots. The names and pledged status of the approved delegate-candidates appear below:

     

    Delegate-Candidates from Japan

    Alex Gonzalez (Sanders)

    Philip DeTruck (Clinton)

    Skipp Orr (Clinton)

    Leslie Anne Rogers (Clinton)

    Lauren Shannon (Clinton)

    Steve Tatham (Clinton)

     

    Each of Democrats Abroad’s eight unpledged delegates will have half a vote at the Convention. The unpledged delegates are the International Chair and Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad and the six sitting DNC members.


  • published RESULTS OF THE GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY in News 2016-05-10 00:53:30 -0400

    RESULTS OF THE GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

    From March 1-8, 2016, Democrats around the globe participated in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary. Democrats Abroad saw record turnout in the race, which was primarily between Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the end, 34,570 ballots were cast. Senator Sanders won a convincing victory with 68.79% of the vote.  Secretary Clinton finished second with 30.92%, whereas Governor Martin O’Malley, Rocky De La Fuente and the uncommitted presidential preference group each received less than 1% of the ballots cast.

    Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) operated and staffed three voting centers throughout the country: Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo. The Osaka voting center was managed by Kansai Chapter Chair Craig Sweet; Nagoya by DAJ member Darrell Harris, and Tokyo by DAJ Chair Tom Schmid, Vice Chair Leslie Anne Rogers, and Secretary Jenise Treuting.

     

    2016 GPP Results (Japan)

    Bernie Sanders                   86.87%

    Hillary Clinton                    12.98%

    Uncommitted                     0.15%

    Martin O’Malley                0.00%

    Rocky De La Fuente          0.00%

     

    Japan led the voting in the Asia-Pacific region with a total of 1,356 valid ballots cast.  As a result, Japan boasts roughly 27% of the voting strength, also the highest in the region, in the upcoming Asia-Pacific Regional Caucus.

    Overall, Democrats Abroad is expected to send 13 pledged delegates to the Convention for Sanders and four pledged delegates for Clinton.  Pledged delegate allocations are based on the results of the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary.  Each of Democrats Abroad’s eight superdelegates will have half a vote at the Democratic National Convention.


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  • posted about HELP US RELAUNCH THE TOKAI CHAPTER on Facebook 2016-02-16 03:48:29 -0500
    HELP US RELAUNCH THE TOKAI CHAPTER

    HELP US RELAUNCH THE TOKAI CHAPTER

    HELP US RELAUNCH THE TOKAI CHAPTER

    by kinpi3

    The Tokai Chapter of Democrats Abroad Japan will serve Japan's Chubu Region, which includes the prefectures of Aichi, Fukui, Gifu, Ishikawa, Nagano, Niigata, Shizuoka, Toyama, and Yamanashi. DAJ is activiely looking for volunteers who are interested in relaunching the Tokai Chapter by organizing voter assistance activities and political or social events within the region.  We're looking for three committed volunteers to start a "chapter in formation" or 15 volunteers to form an active chapter.  In addition to taking a regional approach, we hope to enlist the support of Precinct Captains throughout the region who can help us reach out to Americans living in their local communities.  If you've got what it takes to organize on the grassroots level, the DAJ Executive Committee wants to hear from you! 

    For more information, e-mail Tom Schmid, DAJ Chair, at jp-chair@democratsabroad.org.


  • published GLOBAL PRIMARY VOTING CENTER LOCATIONS IN JAPAN in News 2016-02-05 06:57:33 -0500

    GLOBAL PRIMARY VOTING CENTER LOCATIONS IN JAPAN

    Democrats Abroad Japan is pleased to announce that in person voting for the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary will take place at three voting centers: Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo.  Voting will commence in Tokyo on Super Tuesday, March 1st. See below for a list of voting center locations and hours of operation.

    JAPAN

    Kansai Chapter                                          

    Westside American Bistro                             

    1-5-13 Kita-horie, Nishi-ku,

    Osaka-shi, Osaka 550-0014

    March 6, 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

     

    Kanto Chapter

    Temple University                                        

    Mita Hall, Room 501                                     

    4-1-27 Mita                                                  

    Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073

    March 1, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    March 5, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

    March 8, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

     

    Nagoya

    Shooters Bar and Grill                                   

    Sakae 2-9-26                                                

    Pola Building 2F

    Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi 460-0008

    March 3, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    March 4, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 

     

    Voting Process

    All voters are encouraged to bring some form of identification to the voting center.  Although no ID is required for members of Democrats Abroad Japan, brining ID will be a safeguard to ensure the ability to cast a full ballot in case the voting center staff become unable to access the Democrats Abroad database.  As discussed below, all non-member who join Democrats Abroad Japan at the voting center must bring some form of identification.  Partisan primaries are not confidential in the way that federal elections are.  Therefore, voters should be prepared to provide their full contact information on their ballots.  Also, ballots in the Global Primary must be signed to be valid.

    Primary Participation

    Americans may only participate in one presidential primary.  We encourage our members to vote in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary and their state primaries, provided that they only vote for down-ballot races (i.e., Senate and House) in their state primaries. Anyone who in 2016 has already cast a ballot for president in any other primary or has participated in a caucus cannot participate in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary.

    Same Day Voter Registration

    Non-members of Democrats Abroad Japan may join and register at any voting center.  Same day registration requires presentation of some form of identification that is sufficient to establish the identity of the voter.  Eligibility to join Democrats Abroad Japan is restricted to American citizens currently living in Japan who will be at least 18 years old on or before November 8, 2016. Members must also subscribe to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.

    Volunteers Needed

    Anyone interested in volunteering to work as voting center staff, please complete and submit the Volunteer Form.  If you have any questions, please email Tom Schmid, DAJ Chair, at jp-chair@democratsabroad.org.


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