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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
[email protected]

DA Japan Leadership:

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

    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

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 02:00 PM Tokyo Time
    WebEx in Tokyo, Japan

    DAJ Annual General Meeting 2021

    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

    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