Tag - social



Feb 10, 2014
Nuclear power remains an issue
Apparently Tokyoites want their new governor, Yoichi Masuzoe, to give full play to his experience as head of a social welfare ministry in improving the well-being of Tokyo residents.
Japan Times
Feb 9, 2014
Comprehensive agenda, anti-nuclear failures ensured Masuzoe victory
Yoichi Masuzoe's ability to address a wide range of issues and the failure of his rivals to keep the public's attention focused on nuclear energy were the keys to his victory in Sunday's Tokyo gubernatorial election, experts say.
Japan Times
Feb 2, 2014
Should we be scared by the rise of Zuck?
On Tuesday, Facebook will turn 10 years old. It has 1.23 billion users. Ponder those two facts for a moment. A company that did not exist 10 years ago now has as many users as India has people.
Jan 3, 2014
Century engine starts now
The last two centuries (and possibly more) didn't 'start' with the turning of the calendar from 00 to 01. Each century began bending the arc of history, in essence, in its 14th year.
Dec 26, 2013
Tool separates Twitter fact from fiction
With misinformation rife on social media, users could do with a tool that can sift truth from fiction.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Dec 23, 2013
Can social media boast an antidote for bragging?
Social media has conquered the world, racking up more than a billion users and even helping to unseat governments. The one thing it can't topple, though, is human vanity.
Japan Times
Dec 14, 2013
Society struggles to adapt to post-privacy age
Individuals are visible as never before, and democratic governments, reeling from successive exposures of state secrets, are struggling desperately to withdraw into the shadows. No democracy has gone further in that direction than Japan under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan Times
Dec 13, 2013
Hoax photo of Mandela after death brings anger
The South African government said Thursday it would not release photographs of former President Nelson Mandela lying in state, and urged people to shun a hoax image purporting to be of the dead president that was posted on the Internet.
Japan Times
Dec 9, 2013
Major U.S. tech companies call for strict limits on surveillance
Eight of America's largest technology companies have called on President Barack Obama and Congress to impose strict new curbs on surveillance that, if enacted, would dramatically reshape intelligence operations that U.S. officials have portrayed as integral to the war on terrorism.
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2013
Crusader for social activism brings Change.org to Japan
The woman who brought Change.org to Japan says the online petition platform is just the ticket to get the normally reticent Japanese to become more active in achieving social change.
Nov 24, 2013
Twitter beefs up users' data security
Twitter has announced a significant increase in its data security as it moves to protect users from attacks by the "apex predators" of the Internet.
LIFE / Language / THE BUZZ
Nov 23, 2013
A "selfie" is defined as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." Oxford Dictionaries, publisher of the Oxford English Dictionary, last week named selfie as its 2013 word of the year.
Japan Times
Nov 17, 2013
Teenagers deserting Facebook as mom and dad join social network
Facebook made a startling admission in its earnings announcement this month: it was seeing a "decrease in daily users, specifically among teens." In other words, teenagers are still on Facebook; they're just not using it as much as they did. It was a landmark statement, since teens are the demographic who often point the rest of us toward the next big thing.
Japan Times
Nov 11, 2013
Taiwan’s ‘White Shirt Army,’ spurred by Facebook, takes on political parties
For decades this island has been bitterly divided into blue and green, the colors of its rival political parties. But that two-toned dichotomy has been upset in recent months by a sea of youths dressed in white.
Japan Times
Oct 26, 2013
Twitter users find out the hard way that anonymity is just fleeting
In the ego-driven game of Twitter, Jofi Joseph was, for a while, one of the winners.
LIFE / Digital
Oct 15, 2013
As viewing habits change, Facebook, Twitter eye up a big slice of TV's future
Talk to your neighbors about their television viewing habits and you will probably find that, although the range of programmes watched is pretty narrow, the methods for receiving them vary wildly from house to house. Some people get their favorite shows via gaming consoles, some by downloading them on a PC; some by playing them through a device such as Apple TV; some are satellite customers; while others doggedly stick to so-called "linear" viewing on the standard terrestrial channels, albeit received through a digital system.
Sep 29, 2013
NSA gathers data on U.S. citizens' social connections: report
The National Security Agency began mining Americans' email and phone data in 2010 to map out their social connections and locations, according to The New York Times.
Japan Times
Aug 23, 2013
Reform plan no remedy for health care
Japan has been resorting to patchwork reforms over the past decade to prevent the health care system from collapsing as a rapidly graying society demands more funds from an ever-shrinking pool of tax revenue.
Aug 22, 2013
Dr. Phil learns the dangers of erasing tweets
On Tuesday, Dr. Phil, drawling psychologist to the masses, posted a tweet that some interpreted as, at best, tone-deaf and, at worst, a tacit encouragement for date rape. "If a girl is drunk, is it okay to have sex with her?" someone from his account tweeted at 5:49 p.m. "Reply yes or no to @drphil #teensaccused."
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 21, 2013
Social security reform outline OK'd
The government adopted an outline of a social security reform bill Wednesday prior to its submission to the Diet's extraordinary session in the fall, officials said.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on