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

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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 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 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 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:

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.

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