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Japan: Bloggers Association?

Daphne joined a blogger meet-up last week in Tokyo and learned about a fake blogger association funded by tax revenue from Japanese Government, for the retired officials. Daphne posts a write-up to the “Japan Bloggers” mailing list. Aki also writes about this meet-up.

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  • Here is the write-up on the Japan Bloggers List:

    Aki talked about the “Japan Bloggers Association” set up by the
    Japanese government on 28 February 2006 called the Foundation for
    Multi-Media Communications (FMMC). It is a group for “retired”
    Japanese government employees set up as a Foundation using tax
    revenues. They meet first Wednesday of every month with about 30-50
    “bloggers” in attendance.

    The Japanese bloggers on this List are familiar with the ways of their
    government, but for those who are not, Aki explained this to us in
    general terms: When a government employee is promoted, employees below
    him who are older than he is automatically “have to retire.” The
    government finds places for these people by transferring them to
    “Foundations.”

    The “real” Japanese bloggers rose up to denounce this “fake”
    association by setting up groups, now numbering over a hundred in a short span of time. Groups like the Shibuya bloggers group, the dog and cat bloggers group, the Galaxy bloggers group, the Blah-blah bloggers group, etc. Now would government officials include these blog groups under the Japan Bloggers Association?

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