Referendum Report Log

Report Log, All Photos by Kentaro Oshiba

Tokyo "Nuclear" referendum initiative

A public debate of "Nuclear" in Tokyo.

Osaka City "Nuclear" referendum Initiative.

They collected signatures in the cold weather.

Niigata "Nuclear" referendum Initiative

Young Ladies campaigned the Initiative.

Lithuania "Nuclear" Referendum.

Before polling day, I asked Lithuanian to go to vote.

Maki town in Niigata "New Nuclear Construction" referendum.

The centre of the picture is Sasaguchi former mayor of Maki town.

Bulgaria "Nuclear" referendum.

On the left is Against new nuclear power plant, On the other side is pro new one.

Switzerland "Revision of the fee of a Motorway."

Switzerland has referendums four times a year and each time has 3 or 4 themes.

Berlin in Germany "Reccommunalization of Berlin Nets" Referendum.

Obviously, A great number of Berliner supported Re-communalization, but the referendum failed due to insufficient voter turnout.

Schoenau in Germany"The Contract with Electric factory in Schoenau" referendum. 

With Mr.Sladek und Mrs Sladek who made every possible effort to establish The electronic factory in Schoenau.

Iga city in Mie prefecture "Maintenance City Hall" referendum.

They set the minimum turnout for 50% then people gave up at the beginning.

Scotland "Independent" referendum.
Many Scots wanted to independent from the UK, Looking just like Independent but they decided to remain. The picture is the day before polling day in Glasgow.

Yonaguni town in Okinawa "Constructing new Japanese base" referendum.

It was too late to hold a referendum, Already Constructing started.

Osaka city "Metropolis plan" referendum.

The plan was rejected by a very narrow margin.

Yawatahama City "Nuclear" referendum.

One-third people in Yawatahama wanted to hold a referendum but, a town assembly rejected citizens petition. The politician should step down from the Assembly because they don't want to listen to people's voice.

Tokorozawa "Installing Air conditioners for Elementary school" referendum.

Iruma City where is next to Tokorozawa had a Japanese self-defence army base. Some of Elementary schools are too loud to study, so they have to close the windows it will be very hot in summer. They need Air-conditioners. Majority people supported for installing it for Elementary school.

Ireland "Same-Sex-Marriage" referendum.

The first referendum of "Same Sex maridge" in the world. Even Ireland is a strongly Catholic country, Irish people improved Minority rights.

The UK "Brexit" referendum.

Only a few people expected the result, but it happened. Majority UK people want to leave the EU. Remainer did a demonstration on the weekend after the referendum, but unfortunately, it was too late.

Presidential Election in U.S.A.
Hillary's speech in Iowa states.

Taiwan "Sunflower movement." 

Takae Okinawa election "Constructing New helipad."
One of them was against the helipad, and the other admit it. The result is that People accept the helipad won. Now in Takae, the constructing it by force even local residents strongly against it.

28th Nov. 2016


I will hitchhike from Osaka to Tokyo on 2,3 Dec.

Recently days I stay in Osaka as a writer by a Journalist who I respect. I will go back to Tokyo 2nd or 3rd Dec. Could anybody take me to Tokyo from Osaka? I can't spend money to take a train; I'm not rich well. Instead of money I can talk funny story and Adventure story about Hitchhiking around the UK. I can take care of children. I will listen to your story. I can write the blog about you if you want.

When I can't find anyone, I will start hitchhiking from Suita SA to Tokyo on 2nd Dec.What happens we will see.


I talked about "Referendum"

I talked about referendums which I interviewed. Thank you for coming to our talk live in Osaka.


He who is journalist sits by my right side. He is Hajime Imai. He taught me about the referendum and How to be a journalist. 

We talked about world's referendum trend and problems for 2 hours.
We also talked about EU referendum we interviewed there together.

We Japanese will face the first referendum in our history.
I think we should know another countries referendums and discuss it more.

My old friends came to our event. I was so happy to meet them again. I left about one year ago but, I haven't seen them for a long time. One of them is a man who picked me up on Hitchhiking. Some of them want a referendum about Nuclear power plant with me. One of them met in Ireland, who travelled around Ireland. One of them is a man who always talked about rubbish topics.

On the day only I spoke but, next time I will listen what you are doing. I was so happy to talk about referendums. Also, it is really important for recent Japanese.


Our Dog Qoo passed away.

This evening our dog Qoo was gone.

When I was the 2nd grade in Junior high school, my sister brought a puppy. At that time, we have already a dog named Ariel. So we thought we couldn't take care two dogs at the same time. However, my sister entreated to have the puppy. My parents couldn't say "No" for her appeal.

The dog was named "Qoo" by my sister. Bear is called "KUMA" in Japanese. A puppy looked like a teddy bear, so "Qoo" is named after Kuu.

Qoo was growing up bigger and bigger, we didn't know how big she would be, we didn't know which kind of dog she is. We didn't know how her parents look like either. We thought "Does she looks like Shepard?" we braced ourself for a big dog. Fortunately, her growth stopped after a while.

She has older sister called Ariel

Ariel was sickly but, Qoo came to our house, They played together, and Ariel received energy. I believe Ariel lived long because of Qoo.

Qoo was always full of vitality since I met her even 15 years old. I doubted she was getting older. Since one month ago, She couldn't eat food well. She was not able to walk. At last, she couldn't stand herself. This evening her breath became weaker and weaker then she died of old age. She was 16 years old.

She was loved by my friends.
She often found something to eat in the park or on the street.

I took a nap by her this afternoon. Sometimes I thought that it's tiresome to take a walk with her, but now I miss her so much. I love her. I enjoyed life with her. Thank you very much. Only tonight I can stay by her. She will go to a crematory.

Have a good sleep Qoo.
You can be by Ariel. You will go to the same graveyard.
You will see Ariel there again after a long time.


The UK's EU referendum Questionnaire.

I took questionnaires in London, Canterbury, Oxford, Boston in England and Glasgow, Edinburgh in Scotland. 69 people answered. I received the questionnaires in one month with polling day in between.

The questionnaire has five questions.
1, Do you agree that there should be a referendum about Britain leaving the EU.

Agree 47 (68%)
Public wanted one.
We should decide.
I don't want to do, but people want.

Disagree 22 (32%)
David Cameron used the referendum for the election the conservative party.
Not necesaly to do it.

People who checked "Disagree" all remained voters. They say "We don't need the referendum", but lever wanted it. David Cameron promised referendum already in 2013. At that time the opinion poll told us many people thought about Brexit more than people who would stay in EU.

2Do you think that the way the referendum is run is fair to both sides?
Fair 41 (63%)
Everyone had a voice free to vote.

Unfair 24 (37%)
Media biased toward the government.
Leave campaign was misinformed.
The government spent a lot of money for leaflets.

41 people answered fair, but 24 people responded "unfair". The reason people checked Unfair, I  understand. I believe BBC, Guadian, and Financial times are obviously pro remain. However "The Independent," told that "National press biased in favour of Brexit, says study Of the articles analysed 45 percent were in favour of leaving the EU while 27 percent were in favour of staying" Basically, I don't expect impartial for the media. We should understand that each media has their stance. Who can Judge neutral or partial objectively? It's impossible.

Brexit campaigner told that "If the UK left the EU, We could spend £350m-a-week for NHS" However it was misinformation.

On the other hand, David Cameron told that "We keep the immigrants under 100 thousand per year", but in May 2015 the fact is turned out that the net immigrants increased 330 thousand.

The government sent a leaflet about "The information for Remain" to all the houses in the UK. It cost 9.3 million. Many people criticised it. I agree on it.

3 What was the most important thing that made you want to vote?
・I believe UK is better in the EU.
・I really like the rights the EU gave to people such as workers rights etc..
・I want to change the country.
・Because of Democracy.

4What information source had greatest influence on your decision.
(Check up to 3 boxes)

The most influenced information source is Internet. In order TV news, Discussions on TV programs, Newspapers or Magazines, By word of mouth from family, friends or neighbours.

The result is as I expected predictably. However, I was surprised that the people who checked "Other" filled like that "my own opinion.""My experience." and so on. I felt that it is a kind of British thinking. People 9 of 69 (13%) who answered so, they proud of their opinion. They don't want to be influenced by someone or environment. I remembered the word of Boris Johnson, "Take back control" he knew the British mind.

5If you don't mind, please indicate how you voted?

Mostly I took an interview in London, so that's why Remainer is much more than Leaver. About two third People who voted "remain" don't  disagree the referendum. After the referendum, a huge demonstration held in London.

"March for Europe" Post referendum huge demonstration in London

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