Outdoor bingo? Nope, another election.

inagawa

In my Dec. 18 column in The Japan Times, I took a look at some of Japan’s campaign practices, starting with senkyo postā keijiba 選挙ポスター掲示場, the temporary poster posting places that are erected with public funds for every election. We get two when national and local elections run concurrently.

Azabu

I also touched on the senkyo kā 選挙カー (election car). This is a vehicle fitted with loud-speakers through which the candidate calls out his or her name along with appeals for support.

waving

You have to hear an election car to get the full effect, so I’ve provided a video with some wry English commentary provided by a foreign resident of Sapporo. It’s 11 long minutes long, making it perfect for sharing the pain with the folks back home.

For a more academic look at Japanese campaigning, check out these video clips by Gerald L. Curtis, an expert on Japanese politics. In them, he addresses the restrictive nature of campaign practices in Japan, including the the prohibition against door-to-door canvassing. He’ll also tell you why not everyone thinks the rules should be liberalized.

This entry was posted in What the Heck is That? and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Outdoor bingo? Nope, another election.

  1. ryukyumike says:

    Great info. I always wondered how politics, in Japan, worked. Excellent and thanks for sharing the links !

  2. Steve Read says:

    I live in northern France, and something similar to the senkyo postā keijiba goes up each time there is an election in the small town I live in. No sign of loudspeaker cars, for which I suppose we should be thankful.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s