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Voting Japanese Vocabulary

Election Day -- a time when people of all persuasions come together with warm and fuzzy feelings. Well, maybe not in reality, but here at TheJapanesePage.com, we are nothing but warm and fuzzy. 

Instead of acting like dogs and monkeys 犬猿の仲 (see our lesson page here), how about learning a few voting, election, and political terms in the Japanese language? This page covers some important vocabulary with sound files for the examples. 

Let's start with:

選挙用語(せんきょようご)

senkyo yougo
Election Words


Voting Japanese

投票(とうひょう)する

touhyou suru
voting; to vote

投票権(とうひょうけん)

touhyou ken
voting right

有権者(ゆうけんしゃ) 

yuukensha
eligible voter; the electorate


Candidates

立候補(りっこうほ)する

rikkouho suru
to become a candidate


当選(とうせん)する

tousen suru
to be elected


落選(らくせん)する

rakusen suru
to lose an election


当選確実(とうせんかくじつ) 

tousen kakujitsu
projected to win [short: 当確(とうかく) toukaku]


政策(せいさく) 

seisaku
political policy


公約(こうやく) 

kouyaku
campaign pledge


選挙運動(せんきょうんどう) 

senkyo undou 
campaigning; electioneering


遊説(ゆうぜい)

yuuzei
election tour; stumping


選挙演説(せんきょえんぜつ)

senkyo enzetsu
election speech


賄賂(わいろ)

wairo
bribe


汚職(おしょく)

oshoku
political corruption


Political Parties

共和党(きょうわとう)

kyouwa tou
Republican Party


民主党(みんしゅとう)

minshu tou
Democratic Party


自由民主党(じゆうみんしゅとう)自民党(じみんとう)

jiyuu minshu tou (shortened to jimintou)
LDP; Liberal Democratic Party [ruling party in Japan]


公明党(こうめいとう)

koumei tou
Komeito Party [Center-right party]


立憲民主党(りっけんみんしゅとう)

rikken minshutou
Constitutional Democratic Party [Center-left party]


Political Offices

大統領(だいとうりょう)

daitouryou
president


副大統領(ふくだいとうりょう)

fuku daitouryou
vice-president


総理大臣(そうりだいじん)

souri daijin
prime minister

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官房長官(かんぼうちょうかん)

kanbou choukan
Chief Cabinet Secretary


閣僚(かくりょう)

kakuryou
cabinet member; cabinet minister


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国会議員(こっかいぎいん)

kokkai giin
Diet member; member of Diet


衆議院(しゅうぎいん)

shuu giin
House of Representatives


参議院(さんぎいん)

san giin
Upper House; House of Councilors


衆議院議員(しゅうぎいんぎいん)

shuu giin giin
member of the Lower House


参議院議員(さんぎいんぎいん)

san giin giin
member of the House of Councilors


Departments

財務省(ざいむしょう)

zaimushou
Ministry of Finance


財務大臣(ざいむだいじん)

zaimu daijin
Minister of Finance; Finance minister


防衛省(ぼうえいしょう)

boueishou
Ministry of Defense


防衛大臣(ぼうえいだいじん)

bouei daijin
Minister of Defense


経済産業省(けいざいさんぎょうしょう)

keizaisangyoushou
 Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (Short: 経産省(けいさんしょう)


経済産業大臣(けいざいさんぎょうだいじん)

keizai sangyou daijin
Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry


厚生労働省(こうせいろうどうしょう)厚労省(こうろうしょう)

kousei roudou shou (short: kouroushou)
Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare


厚生労働大臣(こうせいろうどうだいじん)

kousei roudou daijin
Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare


Prefecture-Level Offices

都知事(とちじ) 

to chiji
governor of Tokyo


県知事(けんちじ) 

ken chiji
prefectural governor


市長(しちょう)

shichou
mayor


町長(ちょうちょう)

chouchou
town mayor


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