Actor Taro Yamamoto, who basically lost his job for speaking out about the dangers of nuclear radiation has begun his campaign run on July 4th, 2013. He’ll be going around Tokyo to try and get votes and appeal to people to change the way things are run in Japan. He is 100% supported by volunteers who put in tireless hours at his campaign headquarters and around Tokyo putting up posters to promote Taro.
Unfortunately, even on the very first day of his campaign, there was an incident where one of his posters were vandalized. The photo below is from his Facebook page and it shows his name ripped out:
Volunteers got up early in the morning, some earlier than usual and went around Tokyo putting up his posters. Some took the time before heading in to work. Yet someone also took the time to go and mess things up as well. I wonder if other candidates faced similar experience on their first day of campaign.
Taro and his team of volunteers will be out tomorrow, ready to spread the message about the “real” situation in Japan right now, and ask for people’s help to change things by putting him into office. I guess he, like Uiko Hasegawa, who is another activist running for office right now in her home town of Kyoto for the Green Party, realized that it’s one thing to protest out on the streets. But to make changes that have an impact, you have to go up against those in power on their turf, in politics where decisions that affect the entire population and country are made. She’s currently 5 months pregnant and have been running all over the place to speak to people and run for office.
To keep up to date on what Taro is up to on his campaign trail, visit his website and other social media. Links are below. Also, please do share about his cause, even if you don’t live in Japan or don’t anyone in that country right now. You never know who might know someone living in Tokyo or other parts of Japan that may be able to help out. As I mentioned earlier, Taro’s campaign is 100% driven by volunteers, their time, effort, and of course, money. I mentioned in another post, but he’s been pretty much out of work since he began speaking up about what he sees as lies and cover-ups by the Japanese government. He’s living off of money he saved up as well as donations from people who share his views or simply want to help. Since he’s running for office right now, Japanese law dictates that he can only accept donations for his campaign from those living in Japan. I said this in another post but I think he should set up a Paypal button or something just for himself to pay for rent, food and transportation and other daily needs. All info about where and how people can donate or volunteer can be found at his website or his social media outlets.
Election day is July 21, 2013, Japan time.
Personal Twitter: https://twitter.com/yamamototaro0
Campaign Twitter: https://twitter.com/taro_koho
Personal Blog: http://ameblo.jp/yamamototaro1124