> Millions of new Japanese voters may never cast a ballot. These students are getting familiar with the polling process ahead of national elections this month. The first after Japan lowered the voting age from 20 to 18 but a fast aging and shrinking population means young voters are still the minority.
Their views and votes overshadowed by the elderly, who are over half of the voting age population. So as Reuters Linda Sieg reports, to the young, politics has little appeal.>> There's not a lot of trust or confidence in the politicians. There's a constant drip, drip of scandals that most recently, the governor of Tokyo had to resign over a misuse of funds.
And a lot of people that I talked to raised that as an example. If they're paying attention, they don't see policy options that they think are workable. Although it's a long time ago, there were violent student demonstrations in the 1960's that have left political activism, particularly on the left, with a negative image.
>> With the new voting age, activists are campaigning to at least get out the vote, while major political parties are pledging more college scholarships. But the appeal seems to be falling on deaf ears, even as the country churns out policies for the elderly that short change the young.
>> The younger generation, in fact everyone under 45, will be paying more into the Social Security system over their lifetime than they will get out of it. So, that is a direct In fact over their lifetime.>> Young voter turn out at the last national election was less than half of the 68% of people on their 60's who voted.
If that's anything to go by at least little chance millions of first voters will tip the scales for reform, if they even show up to the poles at all.