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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.

Candidates are restricted from publishing documents or pictures, including online activities such as posting blogs or sending out e-newsletters, or tweeting about meetings. Kensuke Harada, who started the One Voice Campaign [ja] to allow voters to find more information on the Internet, writes in his blog [ja]:



Voters are not allowed to set up a website to encourage particular candidates. Voters can't find information on candidates and policies on the Internet. This is not a good environment to produce a decent politician. Young people have no way to be interested in politics. This is no way to make Japan a better place. The current election system to choose politician is just broken.

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