Stories about Japan from October, 2012
Japan: Election Tweeting Forbidden
Even though Japanese is the second most active language in the world on Twitter, for the country's political candidates, tweeting during election campaigns is forbidden. A group of young activists is seeking to change this situation.
After Japan Earthquake, a New Local Newspaper by Citizens
Since the local newspaper in Otsuchi, Japan was forced to close down after the 2011 earthquake, a new hyper-local, hybrid newspaper project is teaching local citizens skills in reporting, and invites journalism students from across the country to sign up for internships.
Blogger's Visit to Tokyo's Rare Korean Book Center
North Korea Tech blogger posted about his visit to a small and rare book center in Japan archiving documents and contents related to North Korea.
Japan: “Global Noise” Against the IMF
In Japan, a series of actions to protest against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings are being called for by Global Noise Tokyo and @OccupyTokyoJp on October 13, 2012. More about Global Noise around the world can be found here.
Online Journalist Barred from Japan's Diet Press Hall
Video journalist Hajime Shiraishi, who heads online media Our Planet TV, has been denied access to film from the rooftop of Diet Press Hall because she is not a member of the official Press Club.
Japan: Prime Minister's Office Starts Using LINE App
The Japanese prime minister's office has opened an account [ja] on LINE, an instant messaging application for smartphone and PCs, to provide useful information to citizens, such as disaster information in case of emergency.
China, Japan: Japanese Writers Urge End to Nationalistic Hysteria
A number of famous Japanese novelists and intellectuals have called for an end to the vicious cycle of nationalistic hysteria in Japan and China over the territorial dispute regarding the Diaoyu Islands (also known as the Senkaku Islands).
Japan, U.S.A: Okinawan Women Against US “Osprey” deployment
TenThousandThings posted a video showing a group of Okinawan women singing “We Shall Over Come” to protest against US military V-22 “Osprey” aircraft deployment at Oyama gate, US Marine Futenma Air Station, Ginowan City, Sunday night, September 29, 2012.