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Extra-terrestrial Tweet-up links Tokyo with space

Published on Apr 11, 2014 1:13 PM
United States Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (2nd left) and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) communicate with Japanese astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) commander Koichi Wakata (center of the screen) at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on April 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - An unusual "Tweet-up" - a meeting of people who know each other on Twitter - involving an ambassador, an astronaut and a prime minister has taken place on a video-link between Japan and the International Space Station.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy chatted with the Japanese commander of the ISS as he circled the Earth hundreds of kilometres up.

The three, who are all active on the micro-blogging site, talked on Thursday evening about daily life aboard the station, while Ms Kennedy and Mr Wakata traded compliments on their activities in the blogosphere.

"It's an honour to be able to speak with you," Ms Kennedy, the only surviving daughter of assassinated US president John F. Kennedy said.

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