Japanese governmental employees in frantic pencil-shaving spree to meet city election day

Originally published on Sora News by Katy Kelly

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COVID-19 pandemic measures mean a sharpened pencil must be prepared for each of thousands of potential voters.

Japan’s 49th general election, where voting takes place to appoint members of the Diet to the House of Representatives, is officially scheduled for October 31, drawing an especially large amount of attention as it’s the first general election in the Reiwa era. The election requires huge preparation all over the country, as representatives are appointed through voting blocks that correspond to cities, districts, and towns.

One such city is Ota in Gunma Prefecture, which anticipates a voter turnout of over 100,000

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