Based on a recent report published by Reuters, the Japanese Prime Minister and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, have set the foundations of a beautiful friendship during a Wednesday meeting. Zuckerberg traveled to Japan to take part at the Mobile Hack Tokyo and paid a visit to the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
Mark Zuckerberg has just set another record: he is now the youngest person to have shaken hands with the Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda. The meeting between the two was very pleasant even though Noda is more used to entertain political leaders than businessmen, especially famous ones like Zuckerberg.
Facebook’s CEO was welcomed like a movie star in Noda’s residence as there were numerous reporters and photographers waiting to take pictures of him. Upon his arrival at the Prime Minister’s house, Noda confessed that he found the whole meeting rather strange as he expected Zuckerberg to be more like the character in the movie “The Social Network”. The 27-year-old laughed and reassured everyone that he is very different from the character which was portrayed in a less flattering manner.
The discussion between the two personalities focused around the role that Facebook played in the reconstruction of Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In Noda’s opinion, victims wouldn’t have been able to communicate with each other if it hadn’t been for Facebook. In addition, the Japanese Prime Minister emphasized that fact that many more individuals have shown their commitment to the social network as the percentage of the users has grown in Japan.
Zuckerberg, on the other hand, declared that his company is committed to creating good products in Japan, therefore, this is the only country outside US where they have an engineering office. Due to these conjoined efforts, the social network has managed to leave its Japanese rivals behind and become the most used means of online communication.
The company launched in February, the “Disaster Message Board”, a program that helps users find out the condition of their friends, as well as their location during disasters. Facebook’s Japanese service was also provided with a facility that shows the blood type of the users because it is believed that it can determine the personality of a person.