National Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan

  • 2021 DAJ Tokai Chapter Election: Call for Nominations

    Announcement of 2021 Democrats Abroad Japan Tokai Election

    The 2021 Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) Tokai Chapter is proud to call upon our membership to submit their nominations for the 2021 DAJ Tokai Chapter Election. The call for nominations is for the following positions:

    • Tokai Chapter Officer positions
      • Chair (Volunteer Lead, Raises New Leaders)
      • Vice-Chair (Serves as Chair in their absence; Supports the Team)
      • Secretary (Manages/maintains membership database; Technical and Precise)
      • Treasurer (Manages the Tokai finances, maintains transparency and records) 
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  • Call for Nominations: Announcement of 2021 Democrats Abroad Japan Kanto Election

    The 2021 Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) Kanto Chapter is proud to call upon our membership to submit their nominations for the 2021 DAJ Kanto Chapter Election. The call for nominations is for the following positions:

    • Kanto Chapter Officer positions
      • Chair (Volunteer Lead, Raises New Leaders)
      • Vice-Chair (Serves as Chair in their absence; Supports the Team)
      • Secretary (Manages/maintains membership database; Technical and Precise)
      • Treasurer (Manages the Kanto finances, maintains transparency and records)
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  • rsvped for 2021 Global Meeting 2021-05-07 01:36:37 -0400

    2021 Global Meeting

    The 2021 Annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting will be fully virtual this year. The meeting will be held across the weekend of May 14 to 16.

    Day One - Global reports, By-laws, Resolutions

    Check-in
    May 14 9:00PM EDT / May 15 3:00AM CET / May 15 10:00AM Tokyo / May 15 1:00AM UTC

    Meeting start
    May 14 9:30PM EDT / May 15 3:30AM CET / May 15 10:30AM Tokyo / May 15 1:30AM UTC

    Day Two - Global elections, 2022 Meeting location

    Check-in
    May 15 10:00PM EDT / May 16 4:00AM CET / May 16 11:00AM Tokyo / May 16 2:00AM UTC

    Meeting start
    May 15 10:30PM EDT / May 16 4:30AM CET / May 16 11:30AM Tokyo / May 16 2:30AM UTC

    Democrats Abroad Global Meetings are possible thanks to participant donations. You will be redirected to the donation page after you RSVP.

    ** If you are not logged into your Nation Builder account, please make sure you enter your Nation Builder email for the RSVP.

    Links to the meetings will be emailed to all RSVPers during the week of May 10th. The tentative agenda is here

    Click Here to donate in support of the Global Meeting and DA's 2021 activities.

    Click Here to donate to the Travel Fund for the 2022 Global Meeting.

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    May 14, 2021 at 9pm - May 16, 2021 at 9pm
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  • The 2021 DAJ National Election is Open for Voting!

    The Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) would like to open voting for the 2021 National Election from now (April 18th) until May 28th at 11:59pm!

    Please download the following document for everything you need in order to vote, including instructions for casting your ballot, the statements from the candidates, and your empty ballot: http://drive.google.com/file/d/1AktdH-H6RkSxFiIJS-0Db6pMn0PM7a90/view?usp=sharing

    PLEASE NOTE: Only vote for the Member-at-Large in the region of Japan you reside in. (e.g. If you reside in Tokyo, please only vote for "Member-at-Large for Eastern/Northern Honshu", leave the other Member-at-Large positions blank)

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  • Annual General Meeting and DAJ Election Opening this Sunday!

    Democrats Abroad Japan’s Annual General Meeting is taking place this Sunday April 18th at 2pm via WebEx! 

    Please attend to learn about what the party does for you, and how you can advance and change it! While we usually have enough in person, this will be our first completely online Annual General Meeting (AGM). If you attend any meeting for Democrats Abroad Japan, this is the one! It is imperative to have at least twenty members in attendance for quorum to stay in compliance, so please attend this Sunday even if you can’t stay the whole time!

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  • Call for Nominations: 2021 Democrats Abroad Japan National Election

    The 2021 Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) is proud to call upon our membership to submit their nominations for the 2021 DAJ National Election. The call for nominations is for the following positions:

    • National Officer positions
      • Chair (Chief executive officer)
      • Vice-Chair (Serves as Chair in their absence; serves as liaison to chapters and officers)
      • Secretary (Manages/maintains membership database; keeps minutes of all meetings)
      • Treasurer (Manages the finances of DAJ; prepares/maintains financial reports)
      • Counsel (Provides consultation on legal and procedural questions relating to DAJ and its activities)
    • Member-at-Large positions (Represent areas in Japan that do not have an active chapter)
      • Hokkaido
      • Eastern/Northern Honshu
      • Western/Southern Honshu
      • Shikoku
      • Kyushu/Okinawa
    • DPCA Voting Representative (Votes during certain conventions, meetings, and candidate and policy selections)
    • Alternate DPCA Voting Representative
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  • DAJ Annual General Meeting + Elections Announcement!

    Members of Democrats Abroad Japan,

    Thank you for all your hard work in the general election and in Georgia. Together with our allies in Asia Pacific and around the world, we really were able to make a big difference in the senate election and presidential election. Really, thank you. It took every vote we had to get through this year, and leaders in the Democratic Party are finally taking more notice of Democrats Abroad and its value. However, our terms are coming to an end in just under three short months.

    So today, we'd like to announce the final Annual General Meeting (AGM) of our terms, taking place online on WebEx. It is important that at least 20 members attend, and while we had nearly 50 last year, turnout is usually lower in midterm years. If you are reading, please come to the annual meeting for an overview of everything we did and what to look for in candidates next term!

    Date: Sunday, April 18th
    Time: 2pm-4pm with 5pm extension if necessary. The meeting room opens from 1:30pm.
    Place/Link: WebEx https://democratsabroad.webex.com/democratsabroad/e.php?MTID=mb74ebe20a5350b9802e91e0fe7dcf180
    Password: dems
    RSVP here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/annacostello/daj_annual_general_meeting_2021

    Per our bylaws, we are including a link to the AGM minutes from our meeting last year: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_j7P1PVoTTZ1710Na8QyV149-kdL7Six_Wz2oPJJLb4/edit?usp=sharing

    We'd also like to announce that the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) has been appointed and confirmed by the Executive Committee. The key deciding factors were expressed interest and follow-up on the documents/materials, and familiarity with the organization.

    Its members will be:

    Members:
    Kiyoko Ayukawa
    Anna Costello
    Gregorio Gagnon

    Observers:
    Jenise Treuting

    We will have more correspondence about our elections once the NEC requests dissemination of information regarding our election schedule and other materials.

    Kindest,
    John A. Baumlin
    National Chair | AP 2020 DNC Delegate
    Democrats Abroad Japan

    Anna Costello
    National Secretary
    Democrats Abroad Japan


  • published Overseas Voter Info in News 2020-09-12 20:57:36 -0400

    Overseas Voter Info

    With election day drawing nearer, we all want to check in one last time to make sure everyone has requested their ballot and has relevant, accessible information to successfully return their ballot in their state.

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  • published Fukuoka Black Lives Matter Peaceful March in News 2020-06-17 10:04:33 -0400

    Fukuoka Black Lives Matter Peaceful March

    There will be a peaceful march for Black Lives Matter in Fukuoka on Sunday, June 21st. The organizers aim to spread awareness of the movement and expect the event to be well-attended. Previous Black Lives Matter marches in Osaka and Tokyo attracted over 4500 attendees combined. 

    Democrats Abroad Japan fully supports this event and encourages members to attend if possible. It would be wonderful to see Fukuoka bring the combined attendance up to 5000 attendees! Please follow any precautions for coronavirus as set by the organizers and follow all local ordinance for a peaceful march.

    EVENT DETAILS

    Time: Sunday, June 21st, 13:00 JST (1:00pm)

    Location: Tenjin Central Park

    Address: 1 Chome-1 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, 810-0001

    For more information, check Black Lives Matter Fukuoka’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

     


  • 3 Events - BLM March, Webinars, and Phonebanking to join!

    You voted in the primary & did the work for the platform! Now it's time to get out there and do some grassroots work! Time to go meet people, learn about issues, and get on the phone with members! 

    There's a number of events happening in Tokyo this month we thought we'd let you know about! 

    Here's 3 events for you to look at for June!  

    • Black Lives Matter Peaceful March, Yoyogi Event Plaza
    • Nerd Nite Watchwords - Tools for Democracy, Online
    • Phonebanking Training, Online

    See below for details about each of these events!

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  • published CARES Act and DNC Delegation in News 2020-04-05 23:50:14 -0400

    CARES Act and DNC Delegation

    Coronavirus Aid for Americans Abroad

    Thanks to the Corona Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, relief is being distributed for working people amongst the current pandemic crisis. We have done the research, and Democrats Abroad wanted to let you know that Americans living abroad who filed their taxes and made a gross income of less than $99,000 are eligible for the relief under the package! You can receive up to $1,200 (plus $500 for each child) to help with everything going on right now. Furthermore, Americans with federal student loans automatically have their interest rate set to 0% for 60 days and can request a 60-day payment suspension.

    Click here for more details on the act. 

     

    Delegates for Democratic National Convention

    Democrats Abroad will send 21 delegates to the National Convention in Milwaukee on August 17th. The deadline to apply for a delegate position is April 17th. This is a great honor and among the most important civic roles for U.S. citizens living abroad. Any DA member is eligible to run, and the Affirmative Action Committee strongly emphasizes the importance of DA members from historically-underrepresented backgrounds to run as delegate candidates in showing the world the diversity of our Party and our members around the world.

    Forms to declare delegates’ candidacy are now available online


  • published How We Work for You - Prepping for 2020! in News 2019-12-23 18:20:12 -0500

    How We Work for You - Prepping for 2020!

    2019 may be winding down, but your Executive Committee (ExCom) is getting fired up! 2020 is a critical election year, with the Global Presidential Primary (GPP) in March and the Presidential Election in November. It is imperative to get Americans living abroad registered and ready to vote for the sake of our democracy. Get Out The Vote efforts are crucial, and we call on our membership to help make this happen.

    1. The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary will be held from March 3rd until March 10th for Americans living abroad to vote for their Democratic candidate. This is essential in giving Americans abroad the opportunity to make their voices heard. In Japan, we will set up voting centers for the GPP in Kanto, Kansai, and Tokai. Running these voting centers successfully requires the support of volunteers, such as greeters, voter registration assistants, and Democrats Abroad registration assistants. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact DAJ Secretary Anna Costello at [email protected].

    2. As of December 10th, we have achieved 45% of our fundraising goal! Our matching campaign closes on December 27th, so there’s time to double your money and reach our goal of funding a campaign the size of 2008 at 1 million yen! Donations to DAJ will be used to fund the GPP, Get Out the Vote activities, and anything else required to help achieve victory in 2020! Information on how to donate can be accessed here: https://www.democratsabroad.org/daj_fundraising_2019

    3. Thank you for attending our Thanksgiving events in Kanto and Tokai! Traditionally, the DAJ Thanksgivings events have been our largest social and fundraising gatherings. This year was no exception, with both events having close to 70 attendees combined and raising over 135,000 yen. We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    4. Women’s March: We need people to set up and manage the DAJ participation on January 18th. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact DAJ Secretary Anna Costello at [email protected].

    5. The Democrats Abroad Affirmative Action Committee is conducting a diversity and inclusion survey, open to all members of Democrats Abroad. The survey is approximately 3-5 minutes long and can be accessed here: https://demsabroad.typeform.com/to/VGYo1c

    Have a happy holiday and get ready for 2020!

    Sincerely,
    Anna Costello
    DAJ Secretary

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  • Recap: Policy Forum on Restoring American Democracy and U.S. Leadership

    On October 20th, 2019 in Tokyo, Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) hosted their first policy forum: the Policy Forum on Restoring American Democracy and U.S. Leadership. This policy forum served as the beginning of DAJ platform discussion and the lead-up to the 2020 election.

    Americans gathered to discuss key policy issues bound to affect all Americans. The forum featured four speakers, including former leaders in the United States Government and the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA), who spoke on the direction of such issues.

    The Unity Reform Commission - the document that contains everything the Democratic Party learned after 2016 - brought them together. This wasn't a time for minor differences on how to advance health care - it was about the major issues that face the entire party, regardless of who the presidential nominee would be.

    Ambassador Robert Orr (Former United States Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank) kicked off the discussion, helping people understand the reality America's international presence and discussing how to rebuild international relationships.

    Democrats Abroad (DA) Progressive Caucus Co-Chair, Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Representative, and Former DAJ Vice Chair Gordon Gaul informed the forum of different organizations approach to fixing democracy, getting money out of politics, and the different approaches each of them are taking.

    Tsukuba-based activist Cheryl Okubo gave a real-life look at the issue of Climate Change and what people can do better in not just policy, but their own lives to improve this issue.

    Former International DA Counsel and Form DAJ Chair Tom Schmid finished off the discussion with a talk on the history and way forward for the Supreme Court.

    Current DAJ Chair John Baumlin facilitated the discussion for these topics. In kicking off the DAJ platform discussion, he gave a public initiative to all chapters and members of DAJ to send feedback to the DAJ Executive Committee for 2020. 

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  • published Speakeasy on November 14th is Cancelled in News 2019-11-08 23:41:48 -0500

    Speakeasy on November 14th is Cancelled

    This November's Speakeasy (scheduled to be held on the 14th) is cancelled. The next Speakeasy will be held on December 12th at 7:30pm at the Aldgate Pub in Shibuya.

    Thank you for your understanding and hope you can join next time.


  • published Revised 2019 DAJ National Election Results in News 2019-09-17 10:25:37 -0400

    Revised 2019 DAJ National Election Results

    Dear DAJ members,

    THE 2019 DAJ EXCOM in coordination with the 2019 DAJ NEC would like to announce the revised results of the 2019 national elections.

    Votes in the 2019 National officers election were counted on 6/16 and recorded by the NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE, however after inquiry it was discovered that 1 faxed ballot was not counted. For clarification, there was no change to the outcome of the election. Below are the revised results:

    Total ballots cast: 51

    Total ballots which were complete and where membership could be confirmed: 50

    Chair:

    Votes for John Baumlin - 50 votes, 100% total valid votes (WINNER)

    Vice-Chair:

    Votes for write-in candidates

    Votes for Kiyoko Ayukawa 36 votes, 72% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Votes for Denise Treuting 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Gordon Gaul 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Frederick Gunlach 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for no one: 11, 22% of total valid votes

    Secretary:

    Votes for Anna Costello - 50 votes, 100% total valid votes (WINNER)

    Treasurer: write-in candidates

    Votes for write-in candidates

    Votes for Dave Brauer – 34 votes, 68% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Votes for Timothy Trahan 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Jenise Treuting 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for Frederick Gunlach 1 vote, 2% of total valid votes

    Votes for no one: 13 votes, 26% of total valid votes

    DEMOCRATIC PARTY COMMITTEE ABROAD (DPCA) VOTING REPRESENTATIVE

    Votes for Gordon Gaul - 42 votes, 84% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Votes for Kiyoko Ayukawa – 5 votes, 10% of total valid votes

    Votes for no one: 3 votes, 6% of total valid votes

    Member-at-Large for Eastern/Northern Honshu:

    Votes for Elena Morlock - 34 votes, 100 % of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Member-at-Large for Western/Southern Honshu:

    Votes for Raymond Kunikane Terhune - 5 votes, 100 % of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Member-at-Large for Shikoku/Kyushu/Okinawa:

    Votes for Rose Turck - 2 votes, 100% of total valid votes (WINNER)

    Member-at-Large for Hokkaido: write-in candidates only

    No votes

    Sincerely yours,

    The DAJ 2019 Nominations and Elections Committee

    Sarajean Rossitto

    Leslie Anne Rogers

    Steven Breyak

    Jenise Treuting

    [email protected]

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  • published DAJ 2019 Kansai Chapter Election Results in News 2019-09-17 10:22:28 -0400

    DAJ 2019 Kansai Chapter Election Results

    Dear DAJ Kansai membership,

    The 2019 Kansai Nomination and Election Committee (KNEC) is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Kansai Chapter election. Votes in the 2019 Kansai Chapter election were counted on September 15th and recorded by the KNEC as follows:

    Total ballots cast: 4 (completed and confirmed membership)

    Chair:

    • Kevin Lane - 4 votes, 100% of total votes (WINNER)

    Vice-Chair

    • Margaret Tomoko Brennan - 4 votes, 100% of total votes (WINNER)

    Secretary

    • Steven Breyak - 4 votes, 100% of total votes (WINNER)

    Treasurer

    • Raymond Kunikane Terhune - 4 votes, 100% of total votes (WINNER)

    Thank you to everyone who ran as a candidate and voted in this election. For future elections, the KNEC would like to see more active campaigning to reach at least 20 voters. However, due to the circumstances of this election, we understand the depressed turnout.

    Looking forward to see what you’ll accomplish for the DAJ Kansai Chapter!

    Sincerely,

    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa, Anna Costello, and John Baumlin

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  • published 2019 Kansai Chapter Election Ballot in News 2019-08-31 19:28:10 -0400

    2019 Kansai Chapter Election Ballot

    Voting for the 2019 Kansai Chapter Election for chapter officer positions has opened (as of September 1st, 2019).

    You may download the ballot and instructions at the link below anytime between the voting period September 1st - September 14th. Ballots must be complete and received on time in order to be counted.

    Download your ballot here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1exJTpn8Ckzs5NELj2xsVdrQp4l4phSOB/view?usp=sharing

    Read Candidate Statements here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1R2YI4-btcnaQrIVoRizpy62rmrZhuM6G?usp=sharing

    To submit your ballot, print, scan, and attach your completed ballot in an email to [email protected] All ballots must be received by September 14th at 11:59pm.

    If you have any questions concerning the ballot or procedures, please contact the Kansai Nomination and Election Committee at [email protected] We look forward to receiving your ballots.

    Sincerely,

    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa, Anna Costello, John Baumlin

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  • Democrats Abroad Japan Announcement of Kansai Chapter Election for 2019

     

    The Kansai Nomination and Election Committee (KNEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) is proud to call upon our Kansai membership to submit their nominations for the 2019 Kansai Chapter Election. The call for nominations is for the following positions:

    • Chair of Kansai Chapter
    • Vice-Chair of Kansai Chapter
    • Secretary of Kansai Chapter
    • Treasurer of Kansai Chapter


    If you are interested in holding an officer position, you must fulfill the following requirements in order to qualify:

    • Be a member in good standing pursuant Article III of the By-Laws of Democrats Abroad Japan. You can confirm your membership by signing into DemocratsAbroad.org.
    • Not be completing a 2ndconsecutive term for the office in question, as per the term limits set out in our by-laws pursuant to Article X, Section 1: “No National, or Chapter Officer, nor any Members-at-Large can serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same position.”
    • In the case of running for Chair or Vice Chair, pursuant to Article V, Section 1, “The Chair and Vice Chair shall not be of the same-sex.”

     

    Nomination Procedure

    In order to join the election process, members may nominate themselves or another member by sending an e-mail to [email protected] no later than midnight Japan time on August 22nd. All nomination emails should include the following:

    1. Complete name of the person nominated.
    2. Contact information including phone number, mailing address, and email address.
    3. Name of the nominated position.

    The KNEC has enclosed a calendar of the important dates regarding the election cycle so that we can ensure a transparent and fair election process, which can be accessed here. Please direct all questions to the KNEC by email: [email protected].

    We look forward to receiving your nominations!

     

    Sincerely,

    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa
    Anna Costello
    John Baumlin

     


  • published Kansai Chapter Election for 2019 in News 2019-08-16 01:08:32 -0400

    Kansai Chapter Election for 2019

    Democrats Abroad Japan Announcement of Kansai Chapter Election for 2019

    The Kansai Nomination and Election Committee (KNEC) of Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) is proud to call upon our Kansai membership to submit their nominations for the 2019 Kansai Chapter Election. The call for nominations is for the following positions:

    • Chair of Kansai Chapter
    • Vice-Chair of Kansai Chapter
    • Secretary of Kansai Chapter
    • Treasurer of Kansai Chapter


    If you are interested in holding an officer position, you must fulfill the following requirements in order to qualify:

    • Be a member in good standing pursuant Article III of the By-Laws of Democrats Abroad Japan. You can confirm your membership by signing into DemocratsAbroad.org.
    • Not be completing a 2ndconsecutive term for the office in question, as per the term limits set out in our by-laws pursuant to Article X, Section 1: “No National, or Chapter Officer, nor any Members-at-Large can serve more than two (2) consecutive terms in the same position.”
    • In the case of running for Chair or Vice Chair, pursuant to Article V, Section 1, “The Chair and Vice Chair shall not be of the same-sex.”

     

    Nomination Procedure

    In order to join the election process, members may nominate themselves or another member by sending an e-mail to [email protected] no later than midnight Japan time on August 22nd. All nomination emails should include the following:

    1. Complete name of the person nominated.
    2. Contact information including phone number, mailing address, and email address.
    3. Name of the nominated position.

    The KNEC has enclosed a calendar of the important dates regarding the election cycle so that we can ensure a transparent and fair election process, which can be accessed here. Please direct all questions to the KNEC by email: [email protected].

    We look forward to receiving your nominations!

     

    Sincerely,

    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa
    Anna Costello
    John Baumlin

     


  • published Announcement regarding Kansai Chapter Election in News 2019-08-13 19:08:06 -0400

    Announcement regarding Kansai Chapter Election

    Members of the Democrats Abroad Japan Kansai Chapter,


    Thank you for participating in the recent Kansai Chapter election. Democrats Abroad aims to host fair and transparent elections and give everyone an equal opportunity for candidacy and voting.

    Unfortunately, we regret to inform that the election did not directly follow procedures as described by the Country Committee Election Procedures. Specifically, there were 4 issues.

    1. The Kansai Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) consisted of 2 members when the NEC should have at least 3 members. (2a)

    2. There was no submission regarding the vote counts and meeting minutes. (1d, 3a, 3m, 3n)

    3. The Chair-elect and Vice-Chair elect were not registered members of Democrats Abroad when they ran for office. (5a1)

    4. Ballots were not officially distributed to all membership. Ballots were sent out to members on the activist mailing list and made public on the DAJK facebook page, but not through the DAJ website or email. (9d1, 9d2)

    Due to these issues, the Kansai Chapter election results cannot be accepted, and the elections will be reheld.

    A new Kansai Nomination and Election Committee has been appointed, and we aim to run this second election as smoothly and quickly as possible. On Friday August 16th, we will send out an announcement opening the call for nominations and informing you about the election schedule. The announcement will be set out via email and posted on the Democrats Abroad Japan website. If you have any further questions, you may address them to the committee at [email protected]

    Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to your participation!


    Sincerely,

    Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

    Kiyoko Ayukawa

    Anna Costello

    John Baumlin

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