Jul 19, 2015

Encouraging political participation

With the voting age being lowered to 18 next year, young people must be better educated about the role they should play to help keep Japan's democracy healthy.

Electronic voting loses steam over glitches, cost

Aug 21, 2014

Electronic voting loses steam over glitches, cost

Electronic voting has failed to catch on at the municipal level, reflecting problems with voting machine glitches and the high cost of developing and maintaining the systems. Only three municipalities in the nation — the city of Kyoto, the city of Niimi in Okayama ...

Apr 8, 2014

Avoid voting age disparity

The question of whether the minimum voting age for participating in Japan's referendums should be lower than the voting age for other elections remains unsettled.

Jul 6, 2013

Expats vote at embassies, consulates

Expatriate voters began visiting Japanese embassies and consulates around the world Friday to cast their ballots for the July 21 House of Councilors election. Jun Makihara, 55, who stopped by Japan’s consulate general in New York, said he would vote for Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Sword-bearing Swiss men uphold purest democracy

May 30, 2013

Sword-bearing Swiss men uphold purest democracy

Steffan Millius grips his sword and makes his way through the throngs of people crowding into Appenzell’s central square to take part in Switzerland’s famous direct democracy in perhaps its purest form. Every year, voters from across the northeastern demi-canton, or region, of Appenzell ...

Aug 15, 2010

Promoting 'Cool Japan'

Eight years have passed since American journalist Douglas McGray first coined the phrase, but now the Japanese government is getting behind “Cool Japan” in a big way. A new Creative Industries Promotion Office was established in June within the Manufacturing Industries Bureau of the ...

Jun 15, 2010

Large-scale agriculture won't cure hunger


BRUSSELS — The World Bank, U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization, International Fund for Agricultural Development, and U.N. Conference on Trade and Development Secretariat recently presented seven “Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment.” The principles seek to ensure that large-scale land investments result in “win-win” situations, ...