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The Telegraph (UK) reports today that, a month before the upcoming election, Japan has ruled the use of social media sources such as Twitter to violate election rules. Twitter has been widely used by Japanese politicians, with the Democratic Party’s Seiji Ohsaka recently putting out over 50 tweets during a recent debate.

The regulation in question in this recent Twitter ban is a 59-year-old election law banning the use of visual images in election campaigns. The Japanese cabinet ruled that Twitter tweets constitute “litterature and images” which are banned by this rule.

Japan, long seen as a leader in the incorporation of technology into daily life, holds a more traditional view of politics than North America. Most of the campaigns thus are less played out on the internet than our political races.

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