City council in Tokyo votes on proposal to give foreign residents partial voting rights

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel

Mayor of Musashino wants to “make the most of the diversity of our city’s residents.”

A lot of organizations in Japan go into a sort of slow-down mode at this time of year, as end-of-the-year parties, Christmas celebrations, and plans for New Year’s, the biggest holiday in Japan, leave people with less time for their usual business. Even still, the members of the city council of Musashino City, a section of Tokyo west of the downtown area, found time to come together and vote on, well, voting.

At a plenary session held on Tuesday, 25 members of the

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