The DAJ Kansai Election Is Open!

Kansai Chapter Ballots will be in your email shortly! Ballots are due by midnight June 11th, 2021.

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Black Lives Matter Peaceful March

Event of interest for many of us, Black Lives Matter Kansai is putting on a march in Osaka this Sunday. If you can, please join.

When: This Sunday, June 7th, from 3:00 pm

Location: Nakanoshima Park

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Kansai Polling Location Info and Update

Primary Voting Center 2020

The polls are open! And if you live near one of our population centers, you can come cast your Democrats Abroad Presidential Primary vote in person!

Primary Voters must meet the following criteria to vote!

    • Reside abroad and be a U.S. Citizen

    • Be a member of Democrats Abroad

    • Be 18 as of November 3, 2020

    • Not have voted, or plan to vote, in any other 2020 state presidential primary (you can still vote down ballot for US Senate, House, etc).

Why come to a voting center? We can help you with all your options for the 2020 election!

When you go to a voting center you can get help with the following options!

- Voting in the Global Presidential Primary!
- Requesting a Ballot from your State for the 2020 General Election!
- Verifying your Democrats Abroad Membership!
- & Joining Democrats Abroad for the above if you’re a new voter and it’s your first time reading anything like this! We will be there to help!

Come to our Kansai Voting Center in Osaka!

Kansai Voting Center (Osaka)
Sauce Boss Osaka
1-chōme-5-13 Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka, 550-0014
(JP): 大阪府 大阪市西区 北堀江 1-5-13 550-0014
Voting Center Google Maps Pin:
Time: 12:00PM to 9:00PM


from Yotsubashi Station
Leave Yotsubashi Stations, Exit #4 walk away from Yotsubashi-suji (the big boulevard). There is a FamilyMart on the lefthand corner. Turn right at that corner. Sauce Boss is on the right, on the second block.

from Shinsaibashi Station
Leave from Exit 7, head away from Mido-suji boulevard down a narrow, one-way street. Hotel Unizo Osaka Shinsaibashi is on the right on the second block. Cross under the Hanshin Freeway, #1, proceed one more block and cross the Yotsubashi-suji Boulevard. Cycle Base Asahi is on the right hand corner. Turn Right at the next corner. Sauce boss is in the middle of the block.

Sauce Boss Osaka

*COVID-19 Advisory: All volunteers will be taking reasonable health measures during this event, including wearing masks and using sanitizer. Please stay a reasonable distance from each other and do not attend if you have cold or flu symptoms. Full instructions for voting in the primary remotely at home can be found here:


March 8th Global Primary Fast Appraching

Hi all, We're gearing up for our global primary, so be sure to keep an eye on our events page. And if anyone would like to volunteer sometime in helping get the word out, we'd really appreciate it. Send us an email at [email protected] or at our info email here on the page.

There will be a meeting to prepare on 2/20 at Bistro New Orleans in Horie. Hope to see you there!

And yes it is fast "approaching," but editing titles seems impossible. : ) Thanks!


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)


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


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


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


  • 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!


Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

Kiyoko Ayukawa, Anna Costello, and John Baumlin


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:

Read Candidate Statements here:

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.


Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

Kiyoko Ayukawa, Anna Costello, John Baumlin


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
  • 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!



Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

Kiyoko Ayukawa
Anna Costello
John Baumlin


DA Kansai Intro



Welcome to Democrats Abroad Kansai!

DA Kansai is a chapter of DA Japan, the official country committee for US Democrats living in Japan. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Kansai, please contact us.

Democrats Abroad - Kansai
[email protected]

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