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Embassy Tokyo’s “koi dance” video goes viral

A video clip created by the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, in which Ambassador Kennedy in a Santa Claus outfit and embassy staff perform the “koi (falling in love)” dance routine aired in a popular Japanese TV comedy series, went viral after it was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday. The video was viewed more than 2.6 million times as of 3 p.m. on Thursday. In….Read more

  • December 22, 2016
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Some Twitter users sympathize with top Marine official in Okinawa

Not many new tweets have been posted since last night after Okinawa Area Coordinator Gen. Nicholson drew strong criticism for appearing not to be very apologetic about the Osprey accident in Wednesday’s press conference. However, two tweets supporting his performance have drawn a lot of attention. One of them, which was retweeted almost 4,000 times, said: “Is Mr. Nicholson too arrogant….Read more

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Gen. Nicholson’s press conference draws criticism and praise online

Japan’s Twitter users have reacted sharply to yesterday’s press conference by Okinawa Area Coordinator Nicholson on the Osprey accident, with detractors criticizing his remarks for being not apologetic at all and instead defending the pilot for not endangering the Okinawa people. They said the people in Okinawa were offended by his narrative, which one observer described as a “public relations….Read more

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War of semantics raging in cyberspace over Osprey accident

Tens of thousands tweets have been posted since a Futenma-based Osprey made an emergency landing in shallow waters in Okinawa last night, with many Twitter users engaged in a fierce debate over the appropriate term to describe what the U.S. military called a “shallow landing.” Some of them took issue with the Japanese government and most media outlets for using the term “fujichaku”….Read more

  • December 14, 2016
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Twitter users divided over Abe’s announcement on Pearl Harbor visit

Prime Minister Abe’s unexpected announcement on his visit to Pearl Harbor has resonated strongly among Japan’s Twitter users, with tens of thousands of tweets on the subject being posted since last night. People expressed different views on the historic visit, with Abe’s supporters on the right largely supportive. One of the most popular tweets was: “The postwar era has come to an….Read more

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Japanese netizens horrified, dismayed by latest mass shooting in Florida

The Orlando massacre sent a shockwave through cyberspace, with thousands of Japanese tweets and Facebook messages posted expressing sorrow and condolences and condemning the incident. According to Yahoo Realtime analytics, almost half of the tweets contained negative language, such as “sad,” “horrible,” “disgusting,” and “distasteful.” Sampled comments include “Random killing has become a norm in America;” “The sad fact is….Read more

  • June 14, 2016
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Reaction in cyberspace to U.S.-Japan summit on Okinawa

Numerous tweets have been posted following last night’s joint press conference by PM Abe and President Obama, during which the Okinawa incident was a predominant topic. Local netizens were apparently divided over Abe’s performance in the event, with his supporters praising the Japanese leader’s use of strong language to remind the President of the renewed anger that has been reverberating….Read more

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Murder in Okinawa triggers strong reaction in cyberspace

The Okinawa incident has resonated through the local Twitter sphere, as thousands of messages have been posted by angry netizens since the suspect was arrested on Thursday. According to Yahoo! Real Times analytics, almost half of the tweets contained language reflecting the users’ negative sentiment toward the incident. Many of them condemned the heinous crime, the perpetrator, and the U.S.….Read more

  • May 23, 2016
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Japanese Twitter users bracing for “President Trump”

Thousands of tweets have been posted following Donald Trump’s resounding victory in Indiana that made him the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. According to Yahoo Real-time analytics, almost 30% of the messages were negative in tone. The negative comments included: “Donald Trump as president would be scary. Asia would surely collapse,” “If he were elected president, we would have no choice….Read more

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Netizens respond positively to U.S. assistance using USMC Ospreys

In response to DM Nakatani’s announcement that Japan asked for U.S. disaster relief assistance using USMC Ospreys in Kyushu, many netizens responded positively and expressed appreciation for the U.S. assistance. Alpinist Ken Noguchi (@kennoguchi0821) tweeted: “U.S. Ospreys flew from Okinawa to provide disaster relief assistance during the major earthquake in Nepal. Ospreys saved many people, as it is an excellent….Read more

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