Prime Minister’s Office of Japan Launches Facebook Page

The Prime Minister’s Office of Japan has announced the launch of an official Facebook page today. The first update reads:

This is the official Facebook page of Prime Minister’s office of Japan. We will provide information focusing on the quake-related issues for the time being.

After about 15 hours, the page now has over 4,500 fans. What’s interesting is that the only language being used is English, indicating that the prime minister’s office is targeting a non-Japanese user group here – and not necessarily the 2.6 million Facebook users currently registered in Japan.

After the earthquake, on March 16, the office also opened an English Twitter account that now counts over 22,000 followers.

Japan Prime Minister’s Office Begins English Twitter, To Inform Disaster Information

Prime Minister’s Office of Japan has just annouced that they opened an official Twitter account @JPN_PMO in English.

This is the official English twitter account of Prime Minister’s Office of Japan. Most of the information provided here will be translation of @ Kantei_Saigai.
http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/index-e.html

The first tweet was “The Prime Minister’s Office of Japan has launched an English twitter account from now on” at 21:16, Japan Standard Time.

As the second tweet says, the tweets are going to be about Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake and related disasters translated from @Kantei_Saigai. (Kantei = Prime Minister’s Office, Saigai = disaster)

via @HYamaguchi

Japan’s Prime Ministar Begins Blog

Naoto Kan, Japan’s 94th prime minster who took the position this June, enters into the web by his new blog yesterday, November 18th.

The blog, named “Kan-full Blog” [J] after his sirname “Kan” and an English word “full”, which shows his full efforts on communication, also has a pun meaning “camphor” to inject for “revitalizing Japan”, as explained on the blog’s sidebar.

On the first post, the author, who is not Mr. Kan himself (clear by how the writing handle the name and the title), explains it is going to have three categories of posts.

Kan-full TV
Posts featuring movie which is either “interview of the PM” or his address/speech. Staff will find his odd minutes between busy works and take his fresh voices.
Ippo Ippo(step by step)
Daily report of his activities. Meant to be an index to the detailed political resources on all government ministries and agencies websites.
Kantei Zakkichou(The prime minister’s office notebook)
PM’s office staff and others will report the prime minister as they see.

So it is not direct speech by Kan himself, but by his team.

Interactivity and social aspects

It is nothing strange as Japanese politician’s blog, there are no comments or trackback systems offered on each blog post. There is a feedback form, on which you may send his/her opinions, suggestions, etc. Your gender, age (from 0 to “over 100”) and prefecture(or “oversea”) are asked but not mandatory.

For a notification, you can choose from RSS1.0, RSS2.0 or e-mail.

Mobile version is guided by both URL and QR Code. The blog name is embedded at the centre of the QR Code, which is a gimmick using the bar code’s error correction ability.

The blog article has three icons, linked to Google Bookmarks, Hatena Bookmark and Delicious Bookmarks. Hatena’s one is the most popular one in Japan, but others are not so popular than non-listed ones like Yahoo! Japan Bookmark, Buzzurl or Livedoor Clip.

There are no Mixi Check, Twitter or Facebook Like buttons.

Opening trouble

The blog’s URL had been reported on some Japanese media in morning 18th, however, when you tried to access it, you were asked to type user name and password by a dialog box (basic authentication dialog) until the evening, around 18:00.

The former prime minister Yukio Hatoyama, who is pretty unpopular now, ran Twitter and once got the most followed Japanese Twitter user title.

According to Asahi Shimbun, Kan did not continue the prime minister’s e-mail newsletter, which had been kept by recent several PMs for years.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Tweets His Farewell

9 hours later of his expressing intention to resign Japan’s prime minister job, the first tweeting prime minister, who boasts the most popular Japanese Twitter user, posted his first tweet today.

本日、総理の職を辞する意思を表明しました。国民の皆さんの声がまっすぐ届く、クリーンな民主党に戻したいためです。これからは総理の立場を離れ、人間としてつぶやきたいと思っています。引き続きお付き合い下さい。


Today, I made a statement to resign as prime minister. It is to take back clean Democratic Party of Japan to listen to the straight voices of the people. From now, leaving the prime minister’s position, I would like to keep tweeting as one human being. I look forward to your continued support.

See Also:

Asiajin articles on Yukio Hatoyama

JAPAN-POLITICS/HATOYAMA-OZAWA (URGENT, REPEAT) | Reuters

BBC News – Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama resigns amid Okinawa row

Prime Minister Hatoyama Overtakes Japanese Twitter Top Position From Gachapin

Japan’s prime minister Yukio Hatoyama (@hatoyamayukio [J]) has finally gotten more twitter followers than the former top user Gachapin (Wikipedia. @gachapinblog [J]), a five years old dinosaur child.

634,519 followers
628,731 followers

Incidentally, there was a battle for overall top position happend yesterday between Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher. Number of their followers are little bit less than 5 million, whilst Japan’s top is battled around 630,000.

Gachapin was one of Japanese recommended users, who are not pushed to newcomers anymore. Hatoyama’s getting followers is, of course, comes from his popularity by being a government leader. Both have not mentioned on this race.