Younger Japanese, especially women, should exercise not only their right to vote but also their right to hold elected office and enter politics, a visiting delegation of politicians from the United States said during a conference in Kyoto.

Six Asian-American state representatives from Hawaii, Vermont, Michigan, Alaska, Maryland, and Oklahoma told university students Monday that statistics show it is important to start a political career while young. If you don’t run for office to represent your values, who will, they asked.

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