Japan

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Welcome to Democrats Abroad Japan!

Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) is the official country committee for all Democrats living abroad in Japan.  All English teachers and all salaried workers. All spouses and children. All refugees and students abroad for the first time. The goals of our organization are to provide you the tools and means by which you can make your voice heard, even halfway across the world. With DAJ, you can be sure you, your friends, and family are registered to vote.

If you haven’t already, you can get started by clicking the “Join” tab above in the right corner to register for Democrats Abroad.

Watch this space for upcoming announcements of events and news pertaining to DAJ. We have events planned throughout the year, and anyone interested is encouraged to join.

Are you interested in rising up and doing more? Want to volunteer? Join us on Slack- our dedicated activist organization hub. We have several different committees with open positions, and we would love your support on any of them. The committee openings are as follows:

  • Communications Committee – Drafting announcements, working on messaging, promoting our causes on social media sites (FB, Twitter, etc.) and helping to write articles on the DAJ website.
  • Events Committee – Helping to organize and plan nation-wide events.
  • Fundraising Committee – Helping to raise the funds needed to reach more voters and get the election results you want.
  • Outreach Committee – Expand the DAJ membership into new areas and interface with our international network!
  • Get Out The Vote – Directly help Americans abroad get registered to vote and request their absentee ballots. Votes are what count the most.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Executive Committee listed on the right under “DA Japan Leadership.”

Let’s work together to uphold democratic values at home and abroad!

Your DA Japan Committee
DA_Japan@democratsabroad.org

DA Japan Leadership:

John Baumlin
| National Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan
Kiyoko Ayukawa
| National Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan
Anna Costello
| National Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan
David Brauer
| National Treasurer, Democrats Abroad Japan
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  • News

    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

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    Japan Voting Center Provisional Results

    Japan Voting Center Provisional Results

    Global Presidential Primary 2020 

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    John A. Baumlin Jr, National Chair of Democrats Abroad Japan


    Yesterday, on March 8th, 2020, voters gathered in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya to cast their ballots. No challenges were reported to the voting centers, indicating a successful and fluid operation for the Voting Centers in Japan. The provisional results from each Voting Center in Japan and totals are below: 

    Provisional Results Breakdown

    Total Voting Center Provisional Results

    Joseph R. Biden 24 Votes
    ☑ Bernie Sanders 176 Votes
    Elizabeth Warren 11 Votes
    Andrew Yang 1 Vote


    Kanto Voting Center (Tokyo) Provisional Results

    Joseph R. Biden 16 Votes
    ☑ Bernie Sanders 94 Votes
    Elizabeth Warren 6 Votes
    Andrew Yang 1 Vote


    Kansai Voting Center (Osaka) Provisional Results

    Joseph R. Biden 7 Votes
    ☑ Bernie Sanders 54 Votes
    Elizabeth Warren 4 Votes


    Tokai Voting Center (Nagoya) Provisional Results

    Joseph R. Biden 1 Votes
    ☑ Bernie Sanders 28 Votes
    Elizabeth Warren 1 Votes

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    Special Thanks

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    Special thanks to our voting center volunteers and observers, who took great precautions in our voting centers for the safety of our membership. 

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    Vote Remotely!

    A note that if you could not attend yesterday - you can still cast your ballot remotely by March 10th at midnight Pacific Time (GMT -7). Many people will vote remotely due to safety concerns regarding COVID-19, and they will be counted when the official Democrats Abroad global results are announced later this month.

    To vote remotely, please visit and follow the instructions at: https://www.democratsabroad.org/primary 

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    Craft Burger in Osaka, Japan

    DAJK Book Club!

    DAJK Book Club is back! (Did you see they made our last book, The Plot Against America, into an amazing looking mini-series? The power of book club... I think!)

    The Dets once more!

    What: Reading Why We're Polarized by Ezra Klein

    <Book Depository link>

    When: May 16th, 2020

    Where: Craft Burger, Dojima

    新堂島ビル, 2 Chome-1-40 Dojima, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0003 <Google Maps link>

     

    In "Why We're Polarized," Ezra Klein brings fresh perspective and dives deep into the politics of our time and shows how they are not as surprising as we sometimes tell ourselves. It's eye-opening book and sure be a great conversation.

    We hope you can join us in reading "Why We're Polarized," then join us for some delicious eats and drinks at Craft Burger in Dojima. Even if you don't get around to finishing the book, come by and have a listen and join in the conversation.

    If you have any questions, you can reach us at demkansaidems@gmail.com

     

    Hope to see you there!

    Steven Breyak

    DAJK Chapter Secretary

    Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    Craft Burger in Osaka, Japan

    DAJK Book Club!

    DAJK Book Club is back! (Did you see they made our last book, The Plot Against America, into an amazing looking mini-series? The power of book club... I think!)

    The Dets once more!

    What: Reading Why We're Polarized by Ezra Klein

    <Book Depository link>

    When: May 16th, 2020

    Where: Craft Burger, Dojima

    新堂島ビル, 2 Chome-1-40 Dojima, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0003 <Google Maps link>

     

    In "Why We're Polarized," Ezra Klein brings fresh perspective and dives deep into the politics of our time and shows how they are not as surprising as we sometimes tell ourselves. It's eye-opening book and sure be a great conversation.

    We hope you can join us in reading "Why We're Polarized," then join us for some delicious eats and drinks at Craft Burger in Dojima. Even if you don't get around to finishing the book, come by and have a listen and join in the conversation.

    If you have any questions, you can reach us at demkansaidems@gmail.com

     

    Hope to see you there!

    Steven Breyak

    DAJK Chapter Secretary