WSJ: Use of the Internet was forbidden during Japan’s election campaign — No tweeting, Facebook, website updates by candidates

Published: December 17th, 2012 at 1:56 pm ET


Title: Fukushima Watch: Getting Political Traction for the Anti-Nuke Movement
Source: Wall St. Journal
Author: Mitsuru Obe
Date: December 17, 2012, 7:34 PM

[…] a 1950 law that forbids distribution of images and literature during the official campaign period, [is] a prohibition interpreted as applying to most online electioneering. During this past campaign, candidates refrained from tweeting, blogging, posting on Facebook and updating their Websites.

“Something like Arab Spring could never happen in Japan because the use of the Internet is forbidden’’ during political campaigns, said Hiroyuki Kawai, a leading anti-nuclear lawyer involved in lawsuits against Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant. “We have to start by bringing about a change to this antiquated regulation.’’

Hiroshi Tasaka, a professor of Tama University and advisor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan during the nuclear disaster, is another proponent of a law change. “Voters in Japan are forced to choose between the candidates without being able to learn about them,’’ he said. A former member of the government’s Atomic Energy Commission, Mr. Tasaka calls for allowing greater use of the Internet for politics, including electronic voting, and more web-casting of government meetings and hearings. “More young people would cast ballots if electronic voting were introduced,’’ he said. […]

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Published: December 17th, 2012 at 1:56 pm ET


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9 comments to WSJ: Use of the Internet was forbidden during Japan’s election campaign — No tweeting, Facebook, website updates by candidates

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    Am I missing something here? Voting changed NOTHING in the corrupt, inbred Japanese government. It wouldn't matter which party won – it's as meaningless as the U.S. elections. Exchanging psychopaths every few years is not democracy and never fixes anything. Would letting candidates spam voters the last week or two before elections really matter? Good Lord, that's the LEAST of Japan's problems.

    Voting isn't going to save any Japanese children *now*.
    Voting isn't going to decontaminate the soil or contain the coriums.
    Voting damn sure isn't going to get the Japanese government to tell the truth about anything related to TEPCO or Daiichi.

    A government of lying weasels isn't a government at all. Voting for the next pack of lying weasels really isn't voting.

    Ten days with NO campaigning allowed? Jeeze…. I WISH!

  • I agree PavewayIII, but it's kind of a mute point. They will all be dead, or dying fairly soon. Japan, for all intensive purposes is now a nuclear waste dump.

    • rambojim

      The Leaders dug their own graves JHewes76….

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Moot for the Japanese victims, but exceedingly relevant in the U.S. and everywhere else.

      Chernobyl was an easy lie for (at the time) the USSR and the Belarus SSR. Outraged, irradiated and deathly ill citizens angry at the government? Never an issue – a bullet in the head works wonders on complainers and gamma rays eventually take care of the rest.

      Japanese democracy seems more like the U.S., yet Japanese voters just replaced the 'bad' party with the equally-corrupt and very pro-nuclear LDP. Shinzo Abe is more likely to restart the reactors than the defeated DPJ. He will simply dictate it so. He doesn't need justification, but he'll say it's for the economy.

      He's also paranoid about China and will continue (in secret) work on development of Japan's nuclear weapons. No Japanese power reactors = no more plutonium for bombs. 'No' is not an option.

      Abe will have the boilers going full-steam this summer. The vast majority of the working slaves of Japan are not from Fukushima. They will tolerate whatever the government says as long as their own family is not dropping dead in front of them.

      Economic instability is the ultimate weapon for controlling an angry, critical working class. It worked in Japan and it will work in the U.S.

  • nedlifromvermont

    Grave digger-in-Chief???

    General Electric Company!!!!

    Thanks for the good times!

    peace …


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