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Japanese Prime Minister on YouTube

23 January, 2008
By Allison Orr

In December 2007 the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan launched a YouTube Channel, and in January this year, the Prime Minister, Yasuo Fukuda, made his first foray into online video with a New Year greeting in English and Japanese. 

In this video, the PM said Japan is on the brink of a new era, and spoke of a number of issues facing the Japanese people, including the declining birthrate and economic inequality.  He also spoke of issues facing Japan at the international level, including the fight against international terrorism, environmental issues and epidemics such as AIDS and malaria.  He points to advances in science and technology as a way of dealing with many of these issues.

The PM intends to give weekly video addresses, covering his policies and beliefs, and they will be in both English and Japanese.  The English videos are for consumption outside of Japan and it is believed it is an attempt to boost cross-cultural communications in Asia.

In his new year address, the PM says:

"The world has become so well-connected.  It is now easier for us to reach out to each other.  I believe the most certain way for us to survive on this planet with many difficult problems is not by fighting over our differences but by overcoming the differences in our values, interests and powers….. Now is the time for the global community to unify."

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