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.
Sadakazu Tanigaki (official site) [J], the president of Liberal Democratic Party(LDP), which is a political party who had dominated Japanese politics for half an century since the mid-1950s and got debacle at last national election against Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), started Twitter (@Tanigaki_S), with taking back his former remarks that he would never use Twitter in January. [J]
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.
As we reported on the beginning of this year, LDP’s head, Japan’s prime minister has been tweeting for 4 months now. We may see tweet-to-tweet debates between two big party leaders soon.
As we reported last month, Japanese government announced their new website to collect people’s voice. However, it turned out that they had thought that they would be able to take “.com” domain AFTER their announcement.
Of course they could not. All possible domains both in Roman alphabets and Japanese (international domain name) were quickly occupied. The one in Japanese (“ハトミミ.com”, you may see the Roman alphabet converted domain from Japanese on some browsers) now run by an anonymous person and s/he makes fun of the government by asking visitors opinions to criticize Hatoyama government’s immaturity operations on the Internet.
Now they remember (or pointed out by lots of people) that the policy they have been having that all national websites must use subdomains of “go.jp” (governmental, Japan) to prevent misleading phishing sites and future domain squatting even after the domain usage stops. They say that they will open “Hatomimi.go.jp” at the middle of this month January [J].
Prime minister’s Twitter
Another move by the government is a new twitter account by the Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. After its January 1st launch, there have been five tweets so far. All of the five tweets are announcement. No interaction with other twitter accounts.
On his second tweet, he answered to the question “is this really tweeted by you?”. He said that basically he writes messages with his staff, then e-mails them to his secretary and the secretary posts to Twitter.
Although many internet users expressed their disappointment to it, I personally don’t think that prime minister himself/herself should tweet on their mobile gears. It is reasonable as well as US president Obama never used Twitter.
A cabinet advisor unveiled recently that Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama would start using Twitter in the beginning of next year to let the people know how the government is working on political issues. On the Christmas day in prior to his first “REAL” tweet, someone (an ex-theater writer a.k.a. a blogosphere fussbudget) has pretended him to twitter, which gave rise to confusion among the leading party and Japanese politicians using the service.
On 25th at 1pm, someone set up a Twitter account named “nihonwokaeyou” (meaning let’s change Japan), which was not confirmed as an official, put the prime minister’s portrait on the Twitter account profile and twittered, “Very nice to see you, this is Hatoyama. I’m very pleased to hear your opinion via Twitter.” He has posted more than ten messages and been followed by more than 10,000 Twitter users.
Many people have asked the cabinet press office if he’s real or not throughout the day, and they were busy dealing with those inquiries. The press office and Twitter Japan jointly confirmed it as a fake account and prime minister Hatoyama had not yet begun using Twitter.
Dec 27th Update:
Twitter suspended this spoofing account since it was considered as having been used for “strange activity”.