So far, he tweeted 12 messages in four days, most of which are long, close to 140 limit, with no replies(@). He quickly got about 30,000 followers but only follows 44, most of them are LDP represents.
But one tweet [J] is to thank to suggestions to follow his opponent DPJ’s head prime minister Yukio Hatoyama (@hatoyamayukio, and he followed Hatoyama’s account. @hatoyamayukio has about 540,000 followers, which is ranked 2nd in Japanese only behind everyone’s hero @Gachapin.
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On Tuesday, Japanese prime ministerTaro Aso[J] dissolved the lower house of parliament for the upcoming general election which is set for August 30th. Representative candidates are forced to fight against their competitors and to appeal their policies to potential voters under the shining summer sun.
All political parties are now more aggressive than ever in using Internet to appeal their policies. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party made an animation in which a man resembling the head of the opposition Democratic Party who seduces a woman and tries to marry her.
Man: I can make you happier than your current man. Won’t you switch to me? A wonderful rosy life is waiting for you. You can depend on me for child care expenses, elderly care expenses – whatever. No matter how many times you drive a car on any expressway at anytime, you are never requested to pay the bill.
(Author’s note: The Democratic Party sets forth reducing taxpayer’s burden for public services and welfare as one of their policies.)
Woman: Are you all right financially?
Man: I’ll consider the details once we are married.
Narration: Can you entrust your life to groundless confidence? The Liberal Democratic Party – We give you well-grounded options.
Tokyo Life has two main sub-sites. One is “Tokyopedia” which is a wiki about topics around Tokyo metropolitan assembly and local administrative information. The tool used for the Wiki part is MediaWiki. It is said that the wiki editors are young representatives belong
The other sub-site is “Electric Forum”, which is a social network with open registration. After the launch on 12th, it has been not even displayed for many visitors because of access overload, now the social network part is turned down and it is asking feedback by e-mail for temporarily.
On the top of the “Electric Forum”, they protest against Japan’s public offices election act, which prohibits internet usage during the campaign. That means if Obama were in Japan he would be arrested by violation by using blog, YouTube and twitter.
This “Tokyo Life” seems to be prepared for Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Election which will start on 3rd of July. After the starting day the site is supposed to be frozen, no update to avoid the violation of the law. Updates before or after the election term has no limitation.
Expecting the election of the national house of representatives soon, this “Election and the Internet topic” is again heated up on the web, though traditional media stays rather distant.