Japan’s finance ministry has issued a rare warning to X, formerly known as Twitter, urging the platform to take down an account impersonating Masato Kanda, the country’s top currency diplomat.
The ministry asked users not to follow or comment on the posts from the impersonation account. Masato Kanda is a significant figure in Japan’s efforts to stabilize the value of the yen, and his public statements can influence the currency’s value against other major currencies.
This time, a Twitter impersonation account (Masato Kanda @Jgghkj_) posing as Vice Minister Kanda Masato of the Ministry of Finance of Japan was confirmed. Twitter account owned by himself and his staff does not exist.
— 財務省 (@MOF_Japan) August 3, 2023
The impersonation account, which had around 550 followers, had not made any comments related to the yen or financial markets. It had only posted five times, with the latest post attempting to impersonate Mr. Kanda’s trip to Ukraine.
Following Japan’s request, the fake account now appears to have been suspended by X, with a notice on the platform indicating a violation of Twitter rules.
The yen has traditionally been considered a safe-haven currency in the global financial markets. However, it has depreciated against the US dollar in recent months due to Japan’s central bank keeping its main interest rate below zero while other central banks raised their interest rates, making their currencies more attractive to investors.
The Bank of Japan recently announced it would allow rates to rise more freely, but the yen remains weak against the dollar, reaching its lowest level in over a month at 143.89.
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YouTuber Trevor Jacob behind bars for plane crash stunt
YouTuber Trevor Jacob has been sentenced to jail after orchestrating a dangerous stunt involving a plane crash in a reckless bid for views.
The shocking incident unfolded as Jacob attempted to push the boundaries of extreme content creation on his YouTube channel.
In a bid to capture the attention of his audience, Jacob embarked on a perilous mission, piloting a small plane before deliberately crashing it. The stunt, which was filmed and uploaded to his channel, garnered immediate backlash from viewers, many of whom decried the reckless behavior as dangerous and irresponsible.
Authorities swiftly intervened, launching an investigation into Jacob’s actions. Following the investigation, he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to a prison term.
The incident has raised important questions about the ethics of content creation, the pursuit of internet fame, and the potential legal consequences for those who prioritize views over safety.
Russian women want their men back from Ukraine
In a heartfelt plea, Russian women have taken to the streets demanding the safe return of their loved ones from the Ukrainian front.
The conflict in Ukraine has stretched on for years, and the toll on families has been immense. Mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters are uniting to call for an end to the fighting and the return of their men.
The women, often referred to as the “mothers of the front,” are growing increasingly frustrated with the ongoing conflict. They argue that their husbands, sons, and brothers have been away for far too long, and the human cost of the war is simply too high.
With no clear resolution in sight, their calls for peace and reconciliation are becoming more urgent.
This grassroots movement has sparked a national conversation in Russia, with many questioning the government’s handling of the conflict.
While the official stance has been to support the separatist forces in Ukraine, these women are highlighting the personal tragedies and broken families left in the wake of the war. Their determination to bring their loved ones home is palpable.
The situation raises important questions about the impact of long-term conflicts on families, the role of women in peace movements, the government’s response to public sentiment, and the prospects for a peaceful resolution in the ongoing Ukraine conflict.
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