Japanese youth flee politics and leave power to the elderly

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The murder of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe days before Upper House elections sent shock waves across the country. Yet voter turnout increased only marginally, and Japanese youth remained largely disengaged.

With just 34% of 18 and 19 year olds turning out to vote, youth turnout relative to the overall figure was the lowest since the voting age was raised from 20 to 18 six years ago. This is despite an ongoing civic education campaign aimed at rallying young Japanese people, who are following their American and South Korean counterparts in political engagement.

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