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In order to make politics and elections more personal, a series of open lectures organized by Mukogawa Women's University's Institute for Women's Career Advancement and Gender Equality Development, "Why don't you become a local councilor too!" is being held at the Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Campus. Former Hyogo Prefectural Assembly member and current visiting professor at Mukogawa Women's University's School of General Education, Masashi Kuriyama, is the lecturer, and 13 people of various generations, from university students to executives, are taking part.


The course will be held once a month from October until February next year, for a total of five sessions. The theme of the third session, held on 16th of December, was 'Building a network for elections'. The lecturers introduced various methods of getting people to remember your name, from so-called 'standing n the street' and 'standing at railway stations' to door-to-door visits and making leaflets, and divided the participants into groups to consider 'what kind of activities are most effective'.


A participant Kasumi Tamura, who runs a business herself, commented: 'I joined the course out of curiosity about what it would be like to be a counselor, but it is similar to starting up a new business in terms of how you brand yourself. There are many aspects that are also relevant to business, so it's a good learning experience".


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