94-year old man runs for office

Meet Ryokichi Kawashima. He's 94 years old, and lives in the suburbs of Tokyo.

But he's not just another one of Japan's 30 million or so elderly... he's running for office in this Sunday's parliamentary elections.

He said that after seeing what the other candidates were offering he thought "I could do better than that."

So he filed his documents, commandeered his family as his campaign staff, and emptied his savings.

Ironically, his campaign does not include any elderly specific platforms.

He's pushing an anti-nuclear and anti-nationalist stance.

But with about 1500 candidates running, he knows his chances of winning a seat are slim to none.

For now, he's just happy to have his name on the ticket.

Reuters TV reports.


See our Comments Policy

Comments are submitted under the express understanding and condition that the editor may, and is authorised to, disclose any/all of the above personal information to any person or entity requesting the information for the purposes of legal action on grounds that such person or entity is aggrieved by any comment so submitted.

Please allow some time for your comment to be moderated.

Comments not loading? We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox with javascript turned on.
Comments powered by Disqus