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June 14, 2010 / Richard Smart

The coming Japan Upper House campaign

The Wall Street Journal recently launched a new blog called Japan Real Time, which I am sure will be discussed on a number of occasions on here. Today, it posted an article titled “The Last 20th Century Campaign,” which explains why politicians between now and a July election will be very quiet online.

As the article notes, the rules that ban blogging etc. in campaign periods are likely to change soon, but the story shows that despite Japan’s reputation as a hub for all things high technology, the nation still has a way to go.

Despite the fact online activity is barred during election campaigns, expect stories to emerge in the coming weeks about loopholes the political parties have discovered that allow them to make their case on the Web.

The Japan Times noted the trend for politicians to use Twitter last year in this article, and many will be surprised the law is still in place barring online campaigning.

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