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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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German Embassy uses Twitter to improve national image

German diplomat Mario Krebs (44) looks intently at a computer screen together with his Japanese colleagues in a room in the German Embassy in Tokyo’s Minato Ward. They chat and exchange ideas on how to deliver up-to-date information on Germany to Japanese audiences. That is the daily routine of Krebs, who is responsible for public affairs and press engagements.  ….Read more

  • October 8, 2018
  • , Asahi , p. 31
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Prime Minister’s Office launches Instagram account

The Prime Minister’s Office (Kantei) launched an official Instagram account “@kantei” on Jan. 4. It posted a video of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying “This is going to be a wonderful year” while looking at Mt. Fuji aboard a shinkansen on his way to Ise, Mie Prefecture, to visit Ise Jingu shrine on the same day. The Kantei also posted….Read more

  • January 5, 2018
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
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TV PROGRAMS > Close-up Gendai

Interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

NHK’s “Close-up Gendai +” reported on its interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who is currently visiting Japan. The program said Twitter has been criticized in Japan as the “dark side of social media,” adding that a man who was arrested for his involvement in the murder of nine people in Zama used Twitter to find his victims. The program….Read more

  • November 21, 2017
  • , NHK
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Security the most popular topic in Lower House election-related Facebook postings

Facebook Japan announced that the most popular topics in Facebook postings on the current House of Representatives election are security-related. It is believed that this was the result of the North Korean missile issue and issues relating to U.S. military bases in light of the recent helicopter crash.   This is the first time that Facebook has compiled statistics on….Read more

SOCIAL MEDIA > Twitter Analysis

Candidates in metro assembly election reach out to young voters via Twitter

Seventy percent of the 259 candidates for the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election on July 2 are using Twitter to announce campaign speech schedules and provide detailed policies, a tally by the Mainichi Shimbun found. The ban on Internet-based election campaigning was lifted before the Upper House election in July 2013. The upcoming election is the first metropolitan assembly election since….Read more

  • June 29, 2017
  • , Mainichi evening edition , p. 10
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