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Conservatives more effective than liberals on Twitter: study

By Komiyama Ryoma, staff writer   Conservatives’ political messages on social media reach neutral voters better than those of their liberal counterparts through plain emotional expressions and friendlier interactions, according to a survey.   A team of researchers from the Toyohashi University of Technology, the University of Tokyo and the City University of Hong Kong found that supporters of Shinzo….Read more

  • November 16, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 7:30 a.m.
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SOCIAL MEDIA > Twitter Analysis

Favorable tweets outnumber negative ones after the opening of Olympics

Change in people’s reactions to the Olympics before and after the opening of the Games is becoming evident. A recent analysis of messages posted to Twitter shows that there are more favorable than unfavorable responses after the Games opened on July 23, despite the fact that negative messages, such as criticism of the spate of scandals and concern about a….Read more

  • July 28, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 3
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Personal info commission to mull legal action against Line

Tokyo, March 19 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Personal Information Protection Commission said Friday that it will consider legal action against messaging app provider Line Corp., whose user data were left accessible at a Chinese affiliate.     The government commission said it has demanded that Line and its parent, Z Holdings Corp. <4689>, submit reports on the issue under the personal information protection….Read more

  • March 20, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 2:09 a.m.
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Yahoo Japan, Line integrate businesses to be major ‘3rd force’

By Yoko Masuda, staff writer   To compete with U.S. and Chinese information technology giants, the parent company of Yahoo Japan Corp. integrated its business with messaging app operator Line Corp. on March 1 to become Japan’s mega-digital “platformer.”   The company created by the integration of Line and Z Holdings Corp., which is owned by Softbank Corp., operator of….Read more

  • March 1, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:20 p.m.
  • English Press


U.S.-originated conspiracy theories persist in Japan

By Monoko Inoue, Daichi Ito, Uasukazu Akada, and Seiko Sadakuni   Fake news and conspiracy theories surrounding the last U.S. Presidential election have spread in Japan’s internet communities and elsewhere.   A few days after the Capitol insurrection, a post on Japanese Twitter went viral among supporters of former President Donald Trump: “It was a U.S. Marine special operation unit….Read more

  • February 7, 2021
  • , Asahi , p. 2
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Kono’s Twitter followers reach 2.263 million, exceeding former PM Abe’s

Monday’s Nikkei, Yomiuri, and Sankei wrote that the number of Minister in Charge of Administrative Reform Kono’s Twitter followers reached 2,263,000 on Sunday, exceeding former Prime Minister Abe’s 2,261,000. As a result, Kono became the Japanese Diet member with the largest number of Twitter followers. Noting that Kono’s followers surged after Jan. 18 when he took on the responsibility of….Read more

  • February 8, 2021
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei
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Disputed and misleading U.S. election tweets also spreading in Japanese Twittersphere

In the Japanese-speaking Twittersphere, tweets about the U.S. presidential election that include information that U.S. fact checkers have determined to be unfounded are spreading rapidly. A tweet claiming that “120,000 ballots were mysteriously added within an hour early in the morning in Wisconsin” had been retweeted more than 8,000 times and received more than 10,000 likes as of Oct. 5….Read more

  • November 6, 2020
  • , Mainichi digital , 10:44 p.m.
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SOCIAL MEDIA > Twitter Analysis

Analysis of social media use in the Tokyo gubernatorial election: Nikkei and U. Tokyo

How is “online public opinion” born on social media and whose influence is greatest? Nikkei analyzed about 4.7 million Twitter posts on the July 2020 Tokyo gubernatorial election to examine the situation. The results were unexpected, showing that tweets of “experts” such as physicians and scholars were conspicuous on social media.   The analysis was jointly conducted with Tokyo University….Read more

  • August 4, 2020
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
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Commentary: Trump’s rise awakens Japan to the potential of online politics

By HIROSHI MARUTANI, Nikkei political editor   TOKYO — The recent Group of 20 summit in Osaka ended up turning into a spectacular theater of digital diplomacy.   On the morning of the last day of the two-day powwow of leaders from the world’s top economies, U.S. President Donald Trump used a tweet to invite North Korean leader Kim Jong Un….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan stepping up international messaging on unjust ROK forced labor court ruling

It was learned on Nov. 8 that the Japanese government is making full-fledged efforts to convey to foreign countries the message that the ROK Supreme Court’s ruling on the former forced laborers is unjust. A number of Japanese embassies have posted information on their websites, and Japanese ambassadors have started a campaign in the foreign media by contributing articles to major….Read more

  • November 9, 2018
  • , Sankei , Lead story
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