Aso Taro just opened his own channel at Nico Nico Douga today, and here it is: http://www.nicovideo.jp/official/asou. He also greeted the users of Nico Nico Douga with the following message:
After some digging around, the LDP has been using video sharing sites to communicate for quite some time. They have a Youtube channel since November 2007 and also a Yahoo channel. It’s not a surprise that they expand to the burgeoning Nico Nico Douga. What’s notable is that the channel is not named the “LDP channel,” but “Aso Taro’s LDP Channel.” They must be trying to reach the otaku demographics there.
Looking back at Thailand, I think our policital outreach on the web is still far behind. So far, I know only one politician, Rosana Towsitrakul, who used the web as a political tool effectively. I learned of her run for the Senate from my friend via twitter, and later learned from her official website about her platform and stuffs. If you look at the website, you’ll find a number of Youtube-like videos of “cool” people talking about the importance of politics and stuffs, which I think is a great way to get the message across to middle-class people.
However, while her campaign was impressive, I’m very disappointed with Rosana personally now. (I didn’t vote for her though because my address is not in Bangkok.) She’s all out supporing the PAD, but I disagree with lots of their goals and means to achieve those.