2009-08-23

Vote from abroad II

The role of the rest of four people is following: 1. the one checks my vote registration is genuine. There is the number and name are recorded. 2. the one distributes the voting papers and envelopes. Then I go to a booth to write the vote and seal the envelopes. 3. the one records I voted. 4. the one seals the envelope A and took my vote.

I asked how many people come to vote. The answer is almost 100 people. There is not so many Japanese lives in Berlin, but around 3000. The vote is not only from Berlin, I think the voting ratio is quite low. By the way, the embassy's people were so kind. There is no such reception in Germany even in a shop.

The merit of voting from abroad is I need not to hear the election campaign. There is no disturbance campaign in Germany. Most of Japanese election campaign using the microphon car and just say the candidates name all the day. Everytime I was disturbed by such annoying campaign car, I swore I will never vote this disturbance person. If one did not think about others disturbance, how can I vote that one. Also, I doubt the efficiency of this just shouting the name. (Maybe you do not understand this. In Japan, political party shout its name using advertizing cars. Like the cars run around with microphone, shout CDU! CDU! or SPD! SPD! something like that. When you visit to Japan in the election time, you can take a video and put them onto the YouTube.) If someone care the policy, then they read newspaper, watch the TV, or discuss with friends to decide the vote. If one does not care, does not matter shout the name or not. In Japan, there are a lot of motto, but I also doubt the effect. (Do not steal! or something like that. My imagination does not enough how this works.) But I am afraid that I voted to one who is doing the campaign? Germany is better at this point.

On the other hand, there is some campaign using notices in Germany. For example, one big political party puts ``Wir haben die Kraft.'' I think this in Japanse, then ``Oretachi niha chikara ga aru. (We have the power.)'' This words usually followed by ``dakara omaetachi oretachi ni sakarattemo muda nanndayo.'' (Deshalb, Wiederstand ist zwecklos. (Therefore, the registance is futile.)) So, I wonder, Merkel becomes a dictator? I hope not. Maybe here ``wir'' is not CDU, but Germany. But, still I am afraid as an foreigner. Everyday, I saw them, I wonder what does it mean. This words, we have the power, could encourage the weak people, however, when this words come from the people who have the power, usually connects with too much pride. I don't recall an example that went good end.

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