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Celebrities urge young people to vote in general election芸能人、ユーチューブ動画で若者に投票呼び掛け

Screenshot of Voice Project Tohyo Wa Anata No Koe (Your Vote Is Your Voice) taken from YouTube.© KYODO
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Actors Shun Oguri and Ken Watanabe are among the celebrities in a viral YouTube video who are calling for young people to vote in Japan’s upcoming general election.

The video Voice Project Tohyo Wa Anata No Koe (Your Vote Is Your Voice) lasts about 3½ minutes, and shows 14 entertainers sharing their thoughts on voting and on the low interest in voting among young people. It was uploaded on Oct. 16 and had garnered more than 310,000 views by Oct. 18.

The video opens with actor Fumi Nikaido, 27, saying, “This is neither an advertisement nor a political campaign,” followed by actor Taiga Nakano, 28, who says, “We made this video of our own free will.”

“The very first step we can take is to vote,” Oguri, 38, says in the video, while actor Masaki Suda, 28, says he was “surprised” by the low voter turnout among young people and realizes he is also part of that generation.

Kanna Hashimoto, 22, and Nikaido underscore the importance of voting for future generations, with Hashimoto saying, “We must express our will,” and Nikaido comparing voting to “taking better care” of oneself.

Japan has seen low voter turnout among young people, who largely appear to be disengaged from politics. In the 2019 Upper House election, the overall voter turnout was 48.8%, but among those aged 18 and 19 it stood at 32.28%, according to the government. (Kyodo)

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