Japan

The Japanese government was one of the first to adopt Twitter in its communication strategy during the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 under former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama who was also the first Japanese government leader to join Twitter in December 2009. The government in Tokyo also maintains an English-language account @JapanGov and in March 2015 it took control of the @Japan account.

Tweets from Japan leaders

Prime Minister of Japan 安倍晋三

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has linked his Twitter feed to his Facebook page, automatically sharing his posts on Twitter. The account tweets on average once a day, and on rare occasion, makes @mentions of other world leaders’ accounts. His posts include references to diplomatic matters such as President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan and his tour of Europe, as well as his private life such as the latest book he is currently reading. His most retweeted tweet was posted on 8 September 2013: “This is Shinzo Abe here. Sorry to be tweeting so early in the morning. This is a flash from Buenos Aires. Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Olympics a short while ago!! I am absolutely thrilled. I wanted to share my happiness with everybody.” Shinzō Abe follows only five accounts, increase of two accounts since 2013, including his wife @AkieAbe, India’s Prime Minister @NarendraModi and India’s Minister of Home Affairs, @BJPRajnathSingh.

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安倍晋三

@AbeShinzo

衆議院議員安倍晋三(あべしんぞう)の公式twitterです

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:1,006
Following:5
Followers:467,518
Joined Twitter: 01/19/2012
Language: Japanese
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.89
Retweets: 1%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.07
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 97%
Most mentioned @narendramodi (21), @YouTube (3), @yamada_miki (2), @Number10gov (2), @saito_hiroaki_ (1), @KanekoMegu (1), @TohruIshizaki (1), @takatorishuichi (1), @hosoda_kenichi (1), @takagi_hirohisa (1).
Average of retweets 378

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Government of Japan The Gov't of Japan

The Japanese government opened a new official Twitter account in English on 25 April 2014. The account was opened to coincide with Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Europe and tweets mainly about Japan’s diplomatic activity. @JapanGov is not yet well connected to his peers, mutually following only nine other world leaders. The most retweeted tweet was about Prime Minister Abe welcoming India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan on 1 September 2014.

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The Gov't of Japan

@JapanGov

Official Twitter of the Government of Japan

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:267
Following:45
Followers:31,608
Joined Twitter: 04/05/2014
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.80
Retweets: 6%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.04
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 93%
Most mentioned @narendramodi (2), @AbeShinzo (2), @PMOIndia (1), @samoagovt (1), @sergey_bubka (1), @UN_Spokesperson (1), @WorldBank (1), @japan (1), @JapanGov (1), @UN (1).
Average of retweets 24

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Government of Japan 首相官邸

At the end of November 2011 then Prime Minister Noda set up a second Twitter channel dedicated to general government news. The channel is quite active with over four tweets a day, broadcasting Prime Minister Abe’s activities in Japanese. The account tweets links to the daily government press conferences as well as updates about international events such as the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and North Korea’s launch of its earth observation satellite. The launch of the North Korean satellite on 12 December 2012 also became the most re-tweeted tweet. None of the Japanese government accounts have ever sent any @replies nor do they follow any other world leader’s account.

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首相官邸

@kantei

本アカウントは首相官邸の公式アカウントです。首相官邸HPに掲載される総理についての更新情報などを中心にお届けします。

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:5,860
Following:40
Followers:384,984
Joined Twitter: 11/15/2011
Language: Japanese
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 4.04
Retweets: 4%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.00
Replies/Tweet:
Tweets retweeted: 96%
Most mentioned @AbeShinzo (1), @narendramodi (1), @Kantei_Saigai (1).
Average of retweets 71

First tweet

Government of Japan PM's Office of Japan

Five days after the Fukushima disaster struck, the government set up an English Twitter account, which served as an English version of @Kantei_Saigai (Prime Minister’s office, disaster information). During the week following the disaster the government tweeted: “[Notice] How to protect yourself from radiation exposure when you have to go out in the area within 20~30 km radius from the nuclear plants. 1) When going out, use cars as much as possible to avoid exposure to air. 2) Wear a mask, gloves, & long sleeve shirts. 3) Avoid exposure to rain.” The account tried to re-assure residents about the radiation levels: “Human beings are exposed to a certain level of radiation in daily-life. Please react calmly” and “To people living in Tohoku and Kanto regions – There is no risk to human health, even if it rains. Please rest assured.” Currently, the account is mainly providing updates on the Prime Minister’s activities and posts links to videos of chief cabinet secretary Suga’s daily press conference.

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PM's Office of Japan

@JPN_PMO

This is the official English twitter account of Prime Minister's Office of Japan. Our Facebook URL is facebook.com/Japan.PMO

Peer connections (as of April 2015)

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:2,689
Following:19
Followers:150,737
Joined Twitter: 03/16/2011
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.83
Retweets: 1%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.00
Replies/Tweet:
Tweets retweeted: 98%
Most mentioned @narendramodi (3), @AbeShinzo (2), @JPN_PMO (1), @Kantei_Saigai (1), @JapanGov (1), @abesinzo (1), @shiho_fujita (1).
Average of retweets 9

First tweet

Foreign Ministry of Japan 外務省

The Japanese Foreign Ministry joined Twitter on the 23 May 2011 and maintains two accounts in Japanese (@MofaJapan_jp) and in English (@MofaJapan_en). The accounts are mainly broadcasting press releases and statements linking back to the Foreign Ministry website. The accounts are not conversational and the Foreign Ministry is not connected to any other foreign leader.

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外務省

@MofaJapan_jp

このアカウントは外務省公式アカウントです。外務省ホームページの新着情報を中心に情報を発信しています。

Tweet analytics (as of April 2015)

Tweets:12,817
Following:22
Followers:111,414
Joined Twitter: 05/23/2011
Language: Japanese
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 9.60
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet:
Replies/Tweet:
Tweets retweeted: 100%
Most mentioned
Average of retweets 12

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