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Japanese Politics: Mascots, Manga and Reggae

By Antonio Hermosin for EFE Armed with reggae, manga and the internet, Japan’s political parties are going all out to woo its young voters for Sunday’s elections when for the first time voting will be opened to 18-year-olds. Sunday’s Upper House elections are the first national elections where the voting age has been reduced from 20 to 18, marking the greatest reform of the Japanese electoral system since 1945, and that puts it at par with most other democratic countries. But the change has also posed a challenge in Japan’s sedate political landscape dominated by senior lawmakers and pushed parties…

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