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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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Playwright’s criticism of Asahi Shimbun wins “Like” from PM Facebook account

A playwright’s Facebook message criticizing the Asahi Shimbun for making “a terrorist attack against speech” in its coverage of the scandal involving the Kake Educational Institution won a “Like” post from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Facebook account, it has been learned. Kake Educational Institution is currently at the center of a scandal over its establishment of a veterinary medicine department [and possible….Read more

  • May 23, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 2
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SOCIAL MEDIA > Twitter Analysis

President Trump’s executive order on immigration resonates in social media

Social media users in Japan are apparently keenly interested in President Trump’s executive order on immigration, as several thousand Japanese-language tweets have been posted in response to his signing of an executive order on Friday banning the entry of refugees and other foreign nationals from certain Muslim-majority countries. Many of them voiced dismay at the confusion and strong reactions that reverberated across the….Read more

  • January 30, 2017
  • , yahoo realtime, social bearing
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SOCIAL MEDIA > Twitter Analysis

Social media users dismiss President Trump’s criticism of Japanese auto trade as anachronistic

Several thousand comments have been posted on social media in response to President Trump’s remarks about Japan’s auto trade, with an overwhelming number of Twitter and other social media users apparently disapproving of his view by saying it is reminiscent of the 1980s, when Japan logged a huge trade surplus with the U.S. Many of them argue that there is currently no problem with domestic legal regulations….Read more

  • January 25, 2017
  • , yahoo realtime, social bearing
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SOCIAL MEDIA > Twitter Analysis

Inada’s Yasukuni visit elicits only moderate reaction on local social media

Defense Minister Inada’s homage at Yasukuni Shrine has elicited only a moderate reaction on social media in Japan, as the number of tweets has not exceeded two thousands. The most popular message  (retweeted almost 1,000 times) was posted by LDP Upper House lawmaker Masahiha Sato, who said: “I think Japan should become a country in which the prime minister can….Read more

  • December 29, 2016
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SOCIAL MEDIA > Twitter Analysis

PM Abe’s Pearl Harbor visit draws mixed reactions on social media

Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor and his speech at Kilo Pier have met with mixed reactions from the Japanese public on social media. According to Yahoo Real Time Search, 23% of the comments posted on Twitter and Facebook from 6 a.m. today about Abe’s visit or the speech were negative, while only 2% were positive. Some of the negative….Read more

  • December 28, 2016
  • , yahoo realtime, social bearing
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