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Japan election

Aging Japan sacrifices voter turnout with polling station cuts

Data show disproportionate impact on regions with more older people

A decrease in the number of polling stations is a reason for lower voter turnout. 

TOKYO -- Poor voter turnout in Japan in recent elections has been blamed by analysts on political apathy among young people, but others say a fall in the number of polling stations has also had an impact.

Around 5.2 million fewer eligible citizens turned out to vote in the 2016 upper house election compared with a similar election in 2007. Polling stations in 2016 numbered 47,905, down by 3,837 from 2007.

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