Japan’s National Election with Vocaloid

Upper house election finished tonight 20:00 Sunday, July 21. This time, the use of the Internet was allowed first time in history. So far, there are no prominent Internet using candidate reported though.

Another small difference which some people noticed this time is the usage of Vocaloid, human-voice music synthesizer software which might be best known by its top virtual character Hatsune Miku.

One candidate of Democratic party were tweeted by using Vocaloid to blast his name around Tokyo.

“There is someone using vocaloid for election voice. In Omote-Sando.”

It was retweeted by some including Takafumi Horie. Tweets were more or less favorable to the idea itself, like saying that Vocaloid’s voices might be popular for young generation, but most people carefully avoid mentioning the candidate’s name and his political party.

I tried to seek if anyone took the video and uploaded, but found nothing.

This communist candidate in Hokkaido also used Vocaloid to speech on election van. Speech by Vocaloid starts at 00:09.


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  • ExpirenceVoiceSynthesizerUser

    That’s not a VOCALOID. It’s CeVIO. The voice of Satou Sasara.