2013 Taro Yamamoto Campaigning
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Actor, Taro Yamamoto campaigning in Tokyo for the Upper House elections that took place on July 21st. Taro Yamamoto ran as an independent candidate in Tokyo on a strong anti-nuclear energy platform. He managed to secure one seat in the five-seat district of Tokyo through concerted campaigning on the internet and an army of 1,200 volunteers nationwide. Japanese celebrities do not usually voice their political opinions and he damaged his acting career in Japan after voicing his opposition to nuclear energy following the March 11th 2011 earthquake and tsunami that caused the many problems at Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant. His policies are broadly centre left with hopes to reduce poverty and oppose the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership Trade agreement). He hopes to keep the anti-nuclear debate in Japanese politics.