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Primary Voting Center 2020 (Tokyo)

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 Kanto Voting Center in Tokyo!

Kanto Voting Center (Tokyo)
Tokyo GS Heim Satō Bldg
GS Heim Satō Bldg #302, Yoyogi, 2-7-6, Shibuya-Ward, Tokyo
(JP): 東京都渋谷区代々木2-7-6 GSハイム佐藤ビル302
Voting Center Google Maps Pin: http://goo.gl/maps/ttkpwrWxCdZgCwaw7
Time: 12:00PM to 7:00PM

Guide
from Shinjuku Sanchome Station

1) Walk back down the long corridor to Exit 10. Take a left as you come out to the street, underneath Koshukaido, and take the escalator up to the New South Exit.

from JR Shinjuku Station (South Exit)

1) Head towards the First Kitchen.
2) At the intersection, look for the McDonalds.

3) Don’t turn at the McDonalds on the right, continue down the left side of the road.

4) Look for the barber shop and go left into the entrance.

5) Go up to room #302 via the elevator.

*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: http://democratsabroad.org/primary

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Speakeasy on November 14th is Cancelled

This November's Speakeasy (scheduled to be held on the 14th) is cancelled. The next Speakeasy will be held on December 12th at 7:30pm at the Aldgate Pub in Shibuya.

Thank you for your understanding and hope you can join next time.


The Democrats Abroad have been the Democrats Out and About!

Folks gathered on July 4th and 11th at the charming Aldgate Pub in Shibuya for two Speakeasy events.



Things that were done include:

  • Making signs for the Lights for Liberty vigil

  • Talking politics

  • Drinking liberally

  • Getting to know new people

  • Drinking liberally

  • Generally enjoying the camaraderie of the resistance!

Banter that was had ranged from:

  • North Korea policy

  • “What brings you to Japan?”

  • “What do you do here?”

  • Hopes and plans for DAJ

...to a reportedly friendly competition of ‘how long has everyone has been in Japan.’

















To my knowledge, the combination of the Independence Day spirit with the old-timey pub atmosphere did NOT result in anybody running out shouting “The British are coming, the British are coming!”

If any of that sounds even remotely like your thing, come join in next time!

The more people that join, the more people we’ll attract! At least if Katamari Damacy taught us anything, that is.

Hope to see you at the next one!



Sincerely,

David Odell

DAJ Kanto Secretary

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Interview about the US Judicial System--part 1

To prepare for an event on September 11th, I interviewed Keio University Law Professor David Litt. Here is part 1 of our conversation where he discusses his work as a clerk for Judge Goodwin on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.



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DAJ Has Been Active In 2018; Still So Much More To Do

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Members of DA Japan have been speaking up against the inhumane and unfair policies of the Trump White House and GOP-run Congress. We have marched, held a vigil for victims of gun violence, tweeted, signed petitions, protested in person and virtually. We have strategised, written letters to Congress and hosted DA members from around the globe at the annual Global Meeting. 

There are only a few months left until the next election. 

Join us in making America a country where all people are respected and given a chance to succeed. 

Vote Democrat in 2018.

 Come to DAJ meetings and events. 

Speak out about the issues that are important to you. 

Tell us your ideas. 

Help us spread the word.



More DAJ Members attending Get Out The Vote Training

Registering voters and helping them get their overseas ballots is the most direct way we can bring about change, and on July 21st, we had some new faces at our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Training session. The focus was on registering voters and phone banking, but there were also a lot of new ideas about where to host GOTV events and how to reach out to people. The hands-on training helped members understand what to expect with voter registration and phone banking, and, as the photo below shows, the participants got to do a little activism by tweeting #saveSCOTUS to their Senators. 

Want to join the fun? Contact nehonshumal@gmail.com for information about the next training session. Or better yet, join us for one of our monthly activities. The DAJ Speakeasy is held every month at the Aldgate Pub in Shibuya. Participants write letters to their congresspeople, and of course, have fun, too. See the DAJ calendar of events for information. 


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Democrats Abroad Japan Service Award

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Time is running out! Nominate Someone Today!

See our event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/

 


Great Discussion at Town Hall Event

Three panelists and about 12 guests had an interesting discussion about the diverse political views within the Democratic Party and Independents who often vote for Democratic candidates. We touched on health care, identity politics, future elections, and the briefly, on the role of the media. Thanks to the panelists who got the ball rolling, and the audience who so eagerly and respectfully shared their opinions. Let's do it again!


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Summer Was Fun

Dinner at Soul Food House and a visit to Kamakura for the unusual temple light up festival. This was only the 2nd year that Kamakura did this light up, so we were so lucky not to have to deal with crowds of people. It was just the right number of DAJ participants and general public participants to make a magical evening.

We will be posting pictures here soon!

Please join us this fall for one of our upcoming events.

 

 

DA Kanto Intro

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Kanto!

DA Kanto 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 Kanto, please contact us.