SNS users to play role in Tohoku makeover
The Foreign Ministry is planning to invite
prominent users of social networking sites to tour the devastated
northeast as part of its efforts to rebuild Japan's image overseas
following the March disasters and nuclear crisis.
Around 15 foreign bloggers and users of SNS sites
such as Facebook and Twitter will be invited to tour prefectures
devastated by the March 11 quake and tsunami, a Foreign Ministry
official said Wednesday.
The ministry earmarked approximately ¥1.5
billion in the second supplementary budget in fiscal 2011 for efforts to
restore Japan's image, and around ¥20 million of this money will be
used to bring the SNS users over for the visit, according to the
"We would like them to visit Japan and use their unique talents to spread and promote Japan's appeal," he said.
Harmful rumors regarding the crisis at the
Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are continuing to circulate abroad,
damaging the region's tourism and agricultural sectors.
While the ministry plans to invite the first
group of SNS users sometime around November, no decision has been made
yet on the precise details of the tour or the SNS users who will be
invited to Japan.
It is thought likely, however, that they will tour in groups of three.
The idea emerged after seeing the key role social
networking sites played in the "Arab Spring" uprisings that swept
across the Middle East earlier in the year.
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