Last month I read about (U.S. Democratic presidential candidate) Hillary Clinton’s win in the Pennsylvania primary. Every Japanese newspaper put Clinton’s exciting big face in their articles. She looked so happy, pointing her finger at supporters. Looking at these photos, I thought that Americans seem happy about selecting their own candidate for president.

In Japan we also have a good system for voting democratically and fairly, but something is missing. The people of Japan cannot select the prime minister. That person is elected by members of the ruling party. The system is far from the people’s hopes.

The United States and Japan are peaceful societies, and political elections are happy events. But in this eventful U.S. election, electors must take candidates’ opinions seriously. If electors’ judgment is mistaken, all the people will suffer the results. Americans must be serious about this because they will select not only the leader of state but also of the world.

kazuharu yoshikawa

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