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2023 November 22 - 28 [SOCIAL ISSUES]

47th DYLJ Congress held and announces membership growth

November 25-27, 2023
The Democratic Youth League of Japan (DYLJ) held its 47th National Congress in Tokyo on November 24-26.

DYLJ Chair Nishikawa Ryuhei reported that as of November 26, the number of new DYLJ members reached 2,778, exceeding organizational buildup targets for two years in row. He proposed to welcome more than 3,000 new members as a goal for next year.

On the first day, Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo delivered a speech as a guest. He noted that this year marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the DYLJ’s predecessor, the Communist Youth League of Japan. He expressed his hope that the DYLJ will take over its predecessor’s determination and activism and succeed in attracting tens of thousands of young people.

In the 3-day discussion, delegates from across Japan reported on their experiences in organizational buildup efforts and other DYLJ activities.

A vice head of the DYLJ Tokyo local talked about a university student who recently became a member. According to the vice head, the student said, “No matter which political party is in power, nothing will change. However, if more and more people think the same way as the DYLJ does, this will change the world.” Encouraged by DYLJ members, this student decided to join the DYLJ.

A university student came to attend the congress from the Kansai region who joined the DYLJ through its “food bank” project. The student said, “I used to have no interest in politics, but after joining the DYLJ, I came to think of politics deeply.”

The congress elected a new leadership, and re-elected Nishikawa as DYLJ Chair.
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