The city of Yokohama, which it turns out is a sentient being able to send Twitter tweets, caused mass panic when it tweeted to 40,000 followers that North Korea had launched a rocket of some kind.
As the clock was striking midnight in GMT+9 (Tokyo and Seoul’s neighbourhood) 33,338 tweets were sent per second, a rate which was 2.5 times more than any other timezone. Twitter user @Trebor subsequently created this graphic which, for many readers, will probably be the first time in a while you’ve seen red circles on a map resembling something other than earthquakes.
Recently installed Tokyo Governor Naoki Inose has revealed that he intends to begin tweeting in English to promote the capital’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, and hopefully post pictures of his lunch to a more international audience.
A Japanese Twitter user publicly announces plans to assassinate the Pope, triggering outrage from the normally mild-mannered Japanese Twitter community and possibly a combination double-take/coffee spit from His Holiness.
Despite the restrictions placed on politicians using Twitter during elections, Osaka mayor Toru Hashimoto used the platform to voice his frustration on Wednesday, declaring the practice absurd and possibly setting in motion the chain of events that will cause our plane of reality to implode on December 21st, as predicted by the Mayans.