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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 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

    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 anna.democratsabroadjapan@gmail.com.

    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 anna.democratsabroadjapan@gmail.com.

    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!

    Anna Costello
    DAJ Secretary

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    Democrats Abroad Japan Fall 2019 Primary Fundraising Campaign

    For the October 2019 - March 2020 Period

    The Current Situation 

    • There are 50,000 United States Citizens living in Japan, but only ~3,100 are Democrats Abroad Japan (DAJ) Members. 
    • Of those ~3,100 members, fewer than 5% are actively volunteering, and resources for the activists to run training sessions and engage membership are insufficient. 
    • Democrats Abroad Japan has major obligations and plans that need funding, in particular, we must stage the Global Presidential Primary, which needs polling stations, advertising, and GoTV. 
    • The DAJ National Bank Account was below $500 in funds after membership certification. 

    Proposed Budget

    Our administration is very transparent about how money is spent, and you can publicly check our national ledger at any time. Here’s how your donation will help:

    • We currently plan to open three polling stations on Honshuu, one in each of the population centers of Kanto (Tokyo), Kansai (Osaka), and Tokai (Nagoya). In 2016 we registered hundreds of new members on polling day, and with more funding, we hope to triple those gains by hosting voting centers in more areas next year. 
    • Print Advertising - The Japan Times, Stars and Stripes, and American Chamber of Commerce in Japan have many readers both online and in deliverables, for both primary and general elections. 
    • Phone Banking - These are campaigns all members can easily engage in.
    • Debates and Event Hosting - By being able to subsidize the cost of food and attendance, we can reach younger members who have more time than money to donate. 
    • Operating Expenses - Keeping in physical communication helps keep our activists dedicating their time. 

    National ExCom Donation Matching

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, February 02, 2020 at 05:30 PM
    Bistro New Orleans in Osaka, Japan

    Meet Dem Demz! Primary Candidate Info Sharing and Q&A

    In the lead up to this year’s presidential primaries, DAJK is hosting a night in which you can get to know ‘dem Democratic presidential candidates.

    DAJK members have volunteered to research the top seven ranking candidates: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Amy Klobuchar, & Michael Bloomberg.

    Our volunteers will present their chosen candidates' positions on a variety of topics. Attendees are welcome to ask questions and interject additional information.


    We hope you can make it!

    *And don’t forget:
    Democrats Abroad members have 13 delegates representing us in the presidential primaries. We will be holding a Global Primary Polling Booth on March 8th from 12:00-21:00 at Sauce Boss.

    To register to become a Democrats Abroad member, go to:

    Saturday, February 08, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    Annual General Meeting

    Our next Annual General Meeting will be held on February 8th, 2020 from 1pm-3pm at Kanda Riverside Conference Room.
    Online attendance (WebEx) is also available.

    Partake in GOTV training and help make an essential difference this election year! The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is your yearly opportunity to participate and get up to speed with party activities in Democrats Abroad Japan, with attendance offered both online and in-person. This year, officers will report on what has been done the past 7 months (including our work on the Climate Change resolution), disseminate information about the upcoming Global Presidential Primary, and host a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) training! 2020 is a huge election year and GOTV efforts will be crucial. It is vital we ensure every American living abroad is registered to vote, and knows how to request their ballot. 


    1. Officer Reports (ExCom, Chapter, Committee Leaders, DPCA Members invited)
    2. Primary Information/Updates
    3. Call to Action (Volunteer!)
    4. GOTV Training

    Attend online via WebEx!
    WebEx address: https://democratsabroad.webex.com/democratsabroad/e.php?MTID=m4ea327302d51d86d422fdf16ac0f482d 
    Password: dems

    As per our bylaws, we require at least 20 people to attend to make quorum. No sanctioned business nor referendums may formally be voted on without a quorum of the membership. Attend and help us work towards democracy in 2020!