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New Constitutional Democratic Party a Twitter sensation

This screenshot shows the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan official Twitter account as of 5:50 p.m. on Oct. 4, 2017.

The official Twitter account of the newly minted Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP) has racked up more than 100,000 followers in the two days since its launch, already ranking second in follower count for a Japanese political party.

As of 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 4, the CDP account had some 100,700 followers.

The new liberal-leaning party headed by former Democratic Party (DP) heavyweight Yukio Edano was formally launched on Oct. 3, with its official Twitter account debuting a day earlier. In just over 24 hours, the account had collected over 80,000 followers, surpassing the 23,000 subscribing to the DP (set up in March 2016) and coming in second to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) account, which boasts around 112,000 followers. The official account of LDP coalition partner Komeito has about 71,000 subscribers, while the Japanese Communist Party account is tracked by some 32,000 users.

The CDP account revved up just before 5 p.m. on Oct. 2 by live-tweeting Edano's news conference announcing the new party, posting the leader's comments and exchanges with reporters. It also posts reports and videos from major news organizations, tweeting more than 100 times.

Meanwhile, the account of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's new Party of Hope has tweeted only four times since its launch in late September, and has just over 3,100 followers. Koike's own account has gathered some 470,000 subscribers. However, her tweets mostly concern Tokyo metropolitan politics, and make no reference to the Party of Hope.

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