Beyond the World Vol.2

Monday, September 05, 2005

First vote in my life

Today I went to vote for the General Election in spite of terrible weather, typhoon, unfortunately by motorbike.....Anyway, this was my first vote in my life. I didn't feel nervous at all but was excited to do it because I have dreamed of voting for a long time....now the moment comes here!! I'm so glad and on the same time, I did feel the importance of one vote.

However, I figured out that it was extreamly difficult to choose one party or one candidate. Why? because If I chose one, It means that I agreed all of the policies that the party have adressesd as a manifesto. Deeply considering many issues that Japan has right now, I'm gradually not able to get to decide to choose one of them. In my thought, "I agreed a policy, but I don't think the others are appropriate polcity or opinion..." That is why I can't choose one.

That is, my opinion is this: Not to choose a party or candidate, but we choose policies or opinions that candidates or politcians hold, depending on the issues. Don't you think this way is more likely to show our opinion effectively than now? ;otherwise, current Japanese politics never change and imporove, and we will hold kind of "unsatisfied" feeling against the politics forever.

Regarding the number of people voting: there are many (especially young ) people who are NOT willing to vote in Japan. According to some statistics, the recent number of people who voted for the election is only around 60 %. Some of them say "Oh, I am not interested in the election, sorry." Others say "I don't believe that my one vote would make difference againt current situation."

This is because, I think, the young is now less likely to care about others or many thing happens around them, I mean, social issues. I THINK, people would be happy if they only were happy. Encountering defavorable people, they would never worry about them. Ecountering elderly people in trouble on the street, they might not help and give our hand...

Also, we don't usually think of Japanese politics or the social ou issues with friends in campus or school. It might be difficult to see without subjective ideas, but it is important to THINK and DISCUSS together, and have our own opinion. We are not child anymore. Have you ever argue somthing with your friends? Do you have a solid and clear opinion for some issues? Can you explain your opinion for them?

Once in my class that I used to take, my teacher said, "politician never think of the young unless they vote." yes, this is the very meaning to vote. In order to show our thoght and opinion to politicians and parties, we have suffrage. Why don't you vote? I absolutely vote.

I beleive that something different happens and changeJapanese politics if numerous young people go to elction.

6 Comments:

  • ハロー*´∀`)*´∀`)´∀`)*´∀`)*´∀`) 微笑。
    英語でコメントしたかったけどムズイので、日本語にて。
    いい事いうねぇ!!あなたのような若者ばかりになれば日本は良くなるよwwあたしも早起きして初選挙してきたよ◎◎しかし今回の結果には・・・日本はどうなってしまうのか不安だわ。TVでもっと分かりやすい政治の番組を作って欲しいと思わない?選挙直前だけでは全然わからないよ。もっと国民全体が政治に興味持たなきゃなぁ、私も含めて。平和ボケしてるんだろね。

    By Anonymous prilyn, at 3:09 PM, September 20, 2005  

  • Thank you for your comment!
    Yes, you are right. We are in kind of too warm atmosphere, which people are satisfied with thier life and don't care about anything relating with themselves. your one vote, of course my one vote,make a difference in our society, I believe. We can be familiar with new and politics in any kinds of media, so we have methods, but we don;t use them such as newspaper, magasine, TVs or Internet. but it is important to be influenced the media because it always have some trends. do you know what i mean?

    By Blogger Shunya, at 1:32 AM, September 21, 2005  

  • I have another point of view on this question:)
    There are three reason why
    1)I don`t belive in politics because corruption in my country everywere and laws care just politics and they families.
    2)They never do what thay say!
    3)And also government dont take me nothing in social side of my life.
    Why i must to go and vote?

    One example we are have there regular army and if i`ll get 18 i must to go in army and spend there 2 years of my life why i must take this 2 years to my government?

    Now time to smile they pay in army every month 10$:) Reach country with oil and so on...
    In Germany 600 euro so i could feel this difference:)

    But i agree with you what we must to have our point of view on this serious question like this.
    It`s my point of view:)

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  • It was my first time too. I just did it because I thought it was obligatory and I chose the candidate a workmate told me.

    Since I don't speak japanese so well nor have voted before, I made a big stupid mistake: I wrote my name in the paper.

    By Blogger Lou Goubreé, at 8:43 PM, July 06, 2006  

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