TV or online? Japan’s leaders debate where to debate

What’s the role of social media in national politics? Is Japan ready for an on-line face-off before next month’s general elections? Liberal Democratic Party chief Shinzo Abe challenged Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to an online debate because it would be “interactive and open to the world.” He says doing it on television would have “restrictions” and limited airtime which wouldn’t exist online. He called for the debate to be held on Thursday.

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