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Japanese Politician Winning Fans on Facebook

10:15 pm on Nov 22, 2012 by Rick Martin

The leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, and former Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has been winning a lot of attention recently by doing something that not many Japanese politicians have done — en...

Beijing Man Jailed for Fictionalized Tweet

7:50 pm on Nov 19, 2012 by Rick Martin

Oiwan Lam has a good account of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a Twitter user in Beijing. He has been detained since November 7th apparently because of a fictionalized tweet about the 18t...

Alibaba to Invest in Sina Weibo?

9:45 am on Nov 19, 2012 by Rick Martin

The Global Times reports that Alibaba Group will invest in Sina Weibo, buying between 15 and 20 percent in China’s most popular microblog. The report cites a former Alibaba staff member, Zhou Jinzeng,...

A YouTube Tour of Japanese Culture

10:29 am on Oct 29, 2012 by Rick Martin

From Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a series of YouTube videos entitled “Japan: Fascinating Diversity” which aims to ‘rediscover the country and introduce it to the world.’ The five videos, each...