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Looks like the election day for local government is just around the corner

Interestingly, some of the candidates looked more like movie stars than politician.

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Meh, what do I know about politics?! :D

*Yamato-shi, Kanagawa, Japan


14 responses

  1. The movie stars vs politicians is a very valid point. The real surprise, is how neat those posters are. I wonder why they left all 3s and 4s back… Unlucky numbers?

    May 3, 2011 at 00:32

    • As far as I know, the unlucky number in Japan is 4 and 13, but not 3. But I wouldn’t go too far to superstitious on this one. Those numbers (3, 4, 23) were left out probably because the candidate has not post the campaign poster yet. On the other hand, 43, 44 and 45 were left blank because there were only 42 candidates.

      I’ll check again. Hopefully the poster wall is still there :D.

      May 3, 2011 at 01:02

      • Ah so this is specifically for the elections? Thought it was for ads in general but taken over by politicians.

        May 3, 2011 at 01:27

        • Yes, this is specifically for the elections. Even the board was specially made and build for the election. It will be dismantled after the election.

          May 3, 2011 at 08:33

  2. It’s marketing at it’s best… or worst?.. depends on the point of view! :)
    But I find it interesting that the posters are so small and all glued together side-by-side.
    Here usually they do HUGE outdoors and not on the same publicizing space.

    May 3, 2011 at 04:09

    • I think the goal of these ‘centralized’ posters are:
      1. voter can see and compare all the candidates in one place
      2. it will be fair for all candidates; unlike ‘s/he whose most money spent on publication will win the election’ kind of mentality
      3. there won’t be ‘illegal’ posters that mess-up the neighborhood.
      4. Easy to clean-up after the election

      Please note that the poster walls are installed all around the city, in strategic places. So, the goal of introducing the candidates to the voters are still fulfilled.

      May 3, 2011 at 08:41

  3. ..nice shot. Interesting when a poster campaign was also neat and well built :D

    May 3, 2011 at 12:45

  4. Ah, mana bisa foto seperti ini didapat di Indonesia? :lol:

    May 3, 2011 at 15:59

    • Hummm… saya tidak mengerti maksud di balik komentar ini. Jadi bingung juga mau menanggapi apa.

      May 3, 2011 at 16:09

  5. I think South Africa should learn from the Japanese… these poster walls look MUCH neater than the election posters stuck up all over the streets here. We have our local government elections on 18 May, and every lamp pole in our city streets are littered with posters!

    May 3, 2011 at 17:40

    • I can relate to that, Chris. The same problem happen in my home country :-(

      May 3, 2011 at 17:50

  6. Yes, it’s cool and Indonesia should try this one :)

    August 13, 2012 at 13:15

    • Good luck :D…

      August 13, 2012 at 22:52

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