Japan’s Jack Bauer


A couple of articles about how Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary and interim Foreign Minister,Yukio Edano, has earned the respect of the Twitter community with his tireless work ethic – he has gone 105 hours without sleep.

Wall Street Journal

Amid the well-wishes and cheerleading messages being sent to those living in the disaster-ridden areas via Twitter, one of the few surefire ways to communicate in these times of disrupted networks, the Japanese have another message for someone else: imploring the government’s tireless spokesman Yukio Edano to get some rest.

The plea has grown so loud that the hashtag #edano_nero has become a global trending topic on the micro-blogging service on Monday. “Nero” means to sleep in Japanese.

From UK’s The Telegraph

One user named Kagetoramaru tweeted on Monday: “As of 20:30 let’s all tweet #edano—nero, and make him go to sleep!”

A few hours later, another user named jolly0730 responded: “Our wish #edano—nero has been fulfilled. It looks like he’s finally gone to bed.”

The user even likened the spokesman to Jack Bauer, the lead character on the hit television show “24”, about a tireless counter-terrorism agent who works around-the-clock to prevent major attacks in the United States.

However the prime minister has not earned any respect

The hashtag #kan—okiro is also cropping up, ordering the prime minister to “wake up”, in a veiled criticism of his handling of the massive quake, devastating tsunami and an escalating nuclear crisis.

On Tuesday, some Twitter users were debating whether to change the hashtag to kan—netero – “Kan, stay in bed”.

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