January 18, 2024

January 17, 2024 DA Japan Newsletter

Did you know that International Voter Registration Day was on Monday the 15th? We mark that day as a reminder to register to vote and request your absentee ballot ASAP (details on voting from Japan here ). There are lots of events and information to look out for below: a taxation webinar TONIGHT, speakeasies, Women of the World panel discussion, upcoming Global Presidential Primary, and more. As always, sign up to volunteer here, donate to DAJ here.

DAJ News and Events
Membership Verification Home Stretch
Our efforts to make sure member information is accurate have to finish in the next two weeks, and this election year we really need you to make sure your contact info is up-to-date to receive any election-related news. Take a just a few minutes by logging into the Democrats Abroad Japan website, then selecting Account Settings.

All the Info You Need to Vote in 2024 from Japan
To help you successfully register and vote in 2024 primary and general elections in your state, we’ve put together a comprehensive information source—updated regularly—on our website here. Check back regularly and be sure to let any friends or family in Japan know—whether or not they’re a DAJ member. The first step? In recognition of International Voter Registration Day this past Monday (every year on Jan 15), submit your ballot request your ballot TODAY at votefromabroad.org – if you’re not registered, you can do that, too!

DAJ 2024 Global Presidential Primary
Thanks to all who signed candidate petitions – a great way to  increase turnout. Official candidates that will be on the 2024 Democrats Abroad primary ballot are: Joe Biden and Marianne Williamson. Remember that our in-person presidential primary is scheduled for Sunday, March 10, 2024, and in-person primaries will be held in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka that day. Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, go here for information. We need volunteers to help out! Email [email protected] if you’re interested.

Calling Phonebank Volunteers to Call DAJ Voters
We’re getting ready to begin calling DAJ voters in key states and districts to encourage them to vote in 2024 elections. Join our team by emailing [email protected].

8th Annual Women of the World (WOW) March Online
Sun, Jan 21, 5pm JST
Gender Equality On the Line in 2024
Join us a week from Sunday for a virtual gathering, organized by DA AP, featuring brief presentations on key issues and personal stories on a range of topics including issues facing young women, how gender issues are connected, marriage equality, recent changes in the US, the need for more leaders who understand the importance of gender equity and how what happens in the US impacts people elsewhere. More details and RSVP here

January Kansai Speakeasy – First of the New Year!
Thurs, Jan 25, 7:00pm
Join us every 4th Thursday of the month at the Sound Garden: Ripple Soemoncho, 2F, 2-3-13 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0085. Come with friends or make new ones! ¥1,000 happy hour until 9pm. RSVP here.  

Looking for Experts for Speakers for 2024 Events
As we plan 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] . We’re looking especially for those with expertise on taxation issues for residents of Japan and climate-related experts—two important issues, according to our member survey.

Save the Date! Panel Discussion on Dem Presidential Primary
Thurs, Feb 29, 7pm JST
Temple University Japan Campus
Join us for a panel on the platforms of the different candidates running in the Democratic primary. Find out more about the candidates, their achievements views on key issues and plans for the 2024-2028 term. In the wrap up we will discuss how you can take part by registering and requesting your ballot. Volunteers needed to take photos and work voter registration table! Interested? contact  [email protected]

DA Global News and Upcoming Events
Tune in TONIGHT to Webinar on Paying Off Student Loans in 2024
Wed, January 17, 5pm JST
Tonight’s session covers how to pay off student loans now that the COVID-19 payment freeze has ended. RSVP here. Note this session is the second in a series of webinars in DA’s 2024 Taxation Series. Mark your calendars for January 24th (investing) and January 31st (filing taxes).

February Phonebank Training Sessions
Jan 21 (7:30pm JST)

Feb 1 (7pm JST), Feb 2 (10am JST)
On session was added for January, plus two in early February.  Once you’re officially trained and certified, you can find a campaign and start making calls. RSVP and more details here.

January Voter Assistance Trainings
Jan 18, 21, 23, 25, 30 (various times)
We need helpers to support voters throughout 2024 as they navigate how to vote from Japan. Whether you want to assist at in-person events, the Intercom Voter Help Desk, or Voter Assistance Zoom Rooms, go here to RSVP.

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