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.

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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, but never @mentions or @replies other Twitter users. 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 only follows two other accounts: the governor of Tokyo @InoseNaoki and his wife @AkieAbe and he mutually follows only India’s new Prime Minister @NarendraModi.

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Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 01/19/2012
Language: Japanese
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.82
Retweets: 0%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.02
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 97%
Most mentioned @narendramodi (17), @YouTube (3)

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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 six 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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Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 11/15/2011
Language: Japanese
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 4.27
Retweets: 3%
Mentions/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 97%
Most mentioned @kantei (1), @AbeShinzo (1), @narendramodi (1), @Kantei_Saigai (1)

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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. The most retweeted tweet was about Prime Minister Abe presenting German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the uniform of the Japanese women’s national football team, “Nadeshiko Japan” when he visited the country.

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Official Twitter of the Government of Japan

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 04/05/2014
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 0.84
Retweets: 4%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.04
Replies/Tweet: 0.02
Tweets retweeted: 95%
Most mentioned @narendramodi (2), @AbeShinzo (2), @samoagovt (1), @PMOIndia (1), @sergey_bubka (1)

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Government of Japan 首相官邸(災害情報)

Former Prime Minister Noda created the first official Japanese government Twitter account on 15 March 2011 four days after the ‘Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami’. The disaster-related Twitter account of the Japanese government has expanded its scope, tweeting warnings about all kinds of disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, tornadoes, heatstroke and falling satellites. The most retweeted tweet was a tsunami warning sent on 7 December 2012. The account also warned of phishing asking followers to be cautious and make donations and contributions to disaster relief campaigns only through trusted websites.

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本アカウントは首相官邸の公式アカウントです。 首相官邸から災害・危機管理関連の政府活動情報をお届けいたします。

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 03/13/2011
Language: Japanese
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 2.4
Retweets: 18%
Mentions/Tweet: 0.01
Tweets retweeted: 82%
Most mentioned @Kantei_Saigai (11), @JPN_PMO (5), @kantei (4), @norishikata (1), @FDMA_JAPAN (1), @MHLWitter (1), @0 (1), @CAO_BOUSAI (1)

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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, this account is mainly providing updates on daily events such as videos of chief cabinet secretary Suga’s daily press conference.

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PM's Office of Japan


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

Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 03/16/2011
Language: English
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 1.89
Retweets: 1%
Mentions/Tweet: 0
Tweets retweeted: 98%
Most mentioned @narendramodi (3), @AbeShinzo (2), @JPN_PMO (1), @Kantei_Saigai (1), @JapanGov (1), @abesinzo (1), @shiho_fujita (1)

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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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Tweet analytics (as of November 2014)

Joined Twitter: 05/23/2011
Language: Japanese
Status: Active
Tweets/day: 9
Retweets: 1%
Tweets retweeted: 99%
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