ISS chief in Japan-U.S. ‘tweetup’


A rare “tweetup” — a meeting of people who know each other on Twitter — involving an ambassador, an astronaut and a prime minister, has taken place on a video-link between Japan and the International Space Station.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy chatted with Koichi Wakata, the Japanese commander of the ISS.

The three, all active micro-bloggers, talked Thursday evening about daily life aboard the ISS, while Kennedy and Wakata traded compliments on their blogging..

“Congratulations Commander Wakata on being the first Japanese commander of the space station, and I am glad that we follow each other on Twitter,” Kennedy said.

“Ambassador Kennedy, it’s quite an honor that you follow my tweets,” Wakata replied.