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Foreign nationals are encouraging Japanese people to exercise their voting rights more after Sunday’s general election resulted in the third-lowest voter turnout in the country’s post-World War II history.

“As citizens in Japan do not get to (directly) pick the head of government, unlike in the United States, Japanese people may be less aware of the fact that it is their government,” U.S.-born comedian Patrick Harlan, known as Pakkun in Japan, said.

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