In Japan, you can always tell when local election time comes around:
– Walking around the streets of most major cities, you’re sure to bump into loyal citizens standing on the sidewalks with their loudspeakers and signs, yelling about how only their candidate can solve the world’s problems
– Although I have heard rumors that cars and buses blasting campaign promises (see picture) were banned, I still hear a few of them in my area
For US citizens residing in Japan, here is everything you need to know about filing taxes: IRS link. Also, I should point out you receive an automatic two-month extension without any additional paperwork (just for living abroad), and a six-month extension if you qualify.