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Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, coleader of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), has crossed the threshold of 1 million followers on his Twitter social-networking account, reflecting strong public attention rarely enjoyed by other politicians.

Hashimoto posted over 9,000 tweets during the two years and two months until Sunday, when the 1 million mark was achieved, often using the microblog as a platform to express his resolve for political and economic reforms as well as to criticize the media and intellectuals he disagrees with.

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