Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Japan's election laws out of date?

Election laws in Japan differ from those in the U.S. in interesting ways. In Japan, individual candidates for public office are not allowed to run TV or radio ads. In fact, they only ways they are allowed to campaign is in person, by direct mail, and with posters. Direct mailings are limited in quantity, and the posters are limited in size and number and (usually) restricted to "official" campaign poster sites. This article, in the English-language edition of Japan's Mainichi newspaper, describes how more and more people are calling for a revision of the election laws that would permit campaigning on the Internet, among other new media.

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