Imagine I take a picture of an election poster in Japan (example picture below).

Can I post it to Wikipedia? (CC-BY-SA 3.0 license or public domain)

What law(s) do apply?
While general Japanese copyright law about 2D artworks would not allow reproduction to Wikipedia, is there a specific law covering election posters in particular?

Election poster


Assuming that this translation is correct, Article 10(viii) identifies photographic works as "works". Article 13 described works not covered (basically, legal documents of the government), and nothing resembling "campaign posters" is included. Article 21 states that the author has exclusive right to reproduce his work. There are no indications that posters used for political purposes, including electoral politics, are excluded from copyright protection. There is in Article 40 permission to "exploit, by any means, political speeches delivered in public and speeches delivered in the course of judicial proceedings" or "speeches not falling within the preceding paragraph, which are delivered in public by organs of the State or local public entities", but these fall under the penumbra of government documents.

Article 41 says that

For the purpose of reporting current events by means of photography, cinematography, broadcasting or otherwise, it shall be permissible to reproduce and exploit a work involved in the event or a work seen or heard in the course of the event, to the extent justified by the informatory purpose

which might maybe cover your case. There are other government-action type permissions such as the Chief Librarian of the National Diet Library to archive information, which presumably are irrelevant.

The specific permission that you mention, Article 46, says:

It shall be permissible to exploit artistic works permanently located in such open places as mentioned in paragraph (2) of the preceding Article and architectural works by any means not falling within any of the following items:

(i) multiplication of a sculpture and offering it to the public by transfer of ownership of its copies;

(ii) imitative reproduction of an architectural work and offering it to the public by transfer of ownership of its copies;

(iii) reproduction of a work for the purpose of locating it permanently in such open places as mentioned in paragraph (2) of the preceding Article;

(iv) reproduction of an artistic work exclusively for the purpose of selling its copies and sale of such copies.

where the places are "in open places accessible to the public, such as streets and parks, or at places easily seen by the public, such as the outer walls of buildings". The ordinary interpretation of "artistic works" would not apply to a campaign poster, and at any rate they are not permanently located in such open places.

So, there is no political poster exception.

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