The Prime Minister’s office is using Twitter and Facebook to reach a wider audience with real-time updates about the crisis and the recovery process.

After the recent Earthquake disaster, the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan launched an English Twitter account to provide updates about the situation. Since joining on March 16th, the office has gained over 22,800 followers. It features statements made by Prime Minister Naoto Kan that have been translated for English-speakers across the world looking for information.

Earlier this week, this social media outreach was doubled by the launch of a Facebook page, announced via Twitter, which already has over 6,000 fans. As tweets are restricted to 140 characters, the office uses their Facebook page to provide lengthier updates, including adding notes that outline what has been discussed at various press conferences.

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