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Japan Considers '911' Calls From Twitter, Social Networks 116

itwbennett writes "The Japanese national Fire and Disaster Management Agency today hosted the first of 3 panels to discuss allowing emergency calls to be placed through social networks. For the event, Twitter's Japanese blog posted entries on how to use the service during emergencies, one of which advised: 'If your circumstances allow, please add #survived to your tweets. This will help when family and friends that are worried about you search on your welfare.'"
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Japan Considers '911' Calls From Twitter, Social Networks

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  • by 1u3hr ( 530656 ) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @01:27AM (#41175545)
    Listen Americans, "911" is the AMERICAN emergency number. The rest of the world doesn't use it. In Japan, its "119", as TFA says. In Australia it's "000". In the UK it's "999". If you really think Americans are too dumb to understand that, just write "emergency number" instead of confusing everyone by trying to "translate" a number.
  • Re:so in otherwords (Score:5, Informative)

    by slash.dt ( 701002 ) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @01:55AM (#41175635)

    your social behavior is monitored for the severely unlikely event your in a emergency situation 24/7 instead of requesting for help

    anyone see an issue with this?

    If you read the article, you would note that this is specifically for Natural disasters, ie widespread events like earthquake or tsunami. It is not for your small-scale emergencies.

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