January 17, 2024

December 5th 2023 DA Japan Newsletter

Hard to believe the 2023 closes in just a few weeks. Check dates and times below for final speakeasies and year-end holiday events (there’s a DA Global climate change event, this week, too). And start planning your 2024 activities: phonebanking, presidential primary volunteering, issues-based events, and more. As always, don’t forget to sign up to volunteer here or donate to our GOTV efforts here

DAJ News and Events
Calling All Volunteers for 2024 DAJ Phonebanking Campaign

Our 2024 country phonebanking campaign—we’ll be calling DAJ members in key states and districts reminding them to vote—begins in January, which means we need volunteers now! Join our team by emailing [email protected].

What are the Issues You Care About?
Complete a brief survey to let us know!
We want to know the issues and topics our members care about — your responses will help inform DA’s 2024 party platform. Complete the survey here

DAJ 2024 Global Presidential Primary
Sun, March 10, 2024
Sign candidate petition by Jan 3, 2024

The primary’s first phase is making sure your candidate’s name is on the DA ballot, by adding your signature to a candidate petition. Studies show the more candidates on the ballot, the greater voter turnout! We’ll need a lot of volunteers as greeters, ballot distributors, and other roles for our 3 DAJ Voting Centers on March 10th. Email [email protected] if you’re interested. Stay tuned for more details.

December Kanto Speakeasy
Thurs, Dec 14, 7:30pm
Join every 2nd Thursday of the month. Enjoy good company and conversation, have a drink, learn more about Democrats Abroad Japan, talk politics, elections—or not! Bring friends and make new ones! RSVP here.

Tokai Chapter Holiday Dinner
Sat, December 16, 6pm
Celebrate the close of another year with other Tokai Chapter members at Midtown BBQ in Nagoya.  5 Chome-24-3 Meieki Nakamura Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 450-0002. More details here.

December Kansai Speakeasy
Thurs, Dec 21, 7:00pm 
At the Sound Garden in Namba: Ripple Soemoncho, 2F, 2-3-13 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0085. Join us every 4th Thursday of the month! Come with friends or make new ones! ¥1,000 happy hour until 9pm. RSVP here

Kanto Chapter 2024 GOTV Kickoff Event
Save the Date: Sat, Jan 14, 2024
Join the Kanto Team as we launch election year with a crucial information session and training workshops. Get prepared to contribute to four more years of Democratic leadership. Get empowered, knowing that you can make a difference in the number of votes cast from Japan. This is a must-attend for anyone eager to support DAJ and ensure successful turnout in 2024. Details to follow!

Know any Potential Speakers for 2024 Events?
As we plan out 2024 events—including GOTV events—we’d love to get speakers well versed on key issues. If you have any connections to members of congress, the embassy, ambassador, or other potential speakers, please let us know! Email [email protected] or [email protected]

DA Global News and Upcoming Events
Live Reporting from COP28
Sat, Dec 9, 1am JST
The 28th UN Climate Conference is currently taking place in Dubai, UAE until Dec 12th and attendees hope to advance policy to address climate change. Join a live broadcast from the US pavilion, hosted by a climate journalist. RSVP and more details here.

Dec Phonebank Training Sessions
Dec 10, 21, various times
Two more training sessions to close out 2023! Remember: you need to get trained and certified prior to making calls. RSVP here for more details.

Voter Assistance Training
Fri, Dec 8, 10am JST; Sun, Dec 10, 7pm JST
Learn to help overseas voters register to vote, receive their ballots, and return their them to their state. Provide assistance at in-person events, the Intercom Voter Help Desk, or Voter Assistance Zoom Rooms. More info here

Ways to Get Involved and Stay Up to Date
Volunteer with DAJ https://www.democratsabroad.org/volunteer_in_japan
Donate to DAJ https://www.democratsabroad.org/jp_donate
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