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2:34 am - 03/11/2011

Tireless Edano Earns Twitter Respect

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.

“Mr. Edano, please don’t overdo it,” wrote Twitter user “sarang5NY” Monday afternoon. “I respect you very much for explaining the situation to the people every time you speak rather than reading from a script.”

Mr. Edano, Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s right-hand man, has been firmly planted behind the podium while relaying every development since the catastrophes hit. His constant presence on blanket live TV coverage, sometimes several times an hour, at all hours of the day, has made him the government’s face and voice of the crisis. The image of his stocky figure, covered in the light blue one piece emergency suit, bent over the microphone, his two hands gripping the sides of the podium, has been burnt into the country’s psyche, earning him plaudits for his steadfastness.

During one of the dozens of press conferences he helmed Sunday night/Monday morning, Twitter users watching the live broadcast via online streaming provider Ustream rooted for the chief cabinet secretary, while howling when the local media peppered him with questions. One Twitter user cried, “Don’t waste his energy by asking ludicrous questions.”

“There is no substitute for you so please sleep even a little bit for the sake of your health!!!,” tweeted “Laurea21,” a Saitama-based micro-blogger, on Monday night. “This is too much for Kan!!” she added, referring to the prime minister, whose appearances have been much rarer.

Indeed, while it seems the previously beleaguered ruling Democratic Party of Japan has been cut some slack in the days since the crisis, that sentiment doesn’t seem to have extended to the prime minister. A new Twitter trend cropping up in conjunction with the one hailing the prime minister’s right-hand man is another called #kan_okiro. “Okiro” means to wake up in Japanese.

wall street journal

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ocha_suki 14th-Mar-2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
aa~...yup, i've seen this man on mostly on all of channels which cover about japan earthquake+tsunami since last friday!
Get a proper rest Sir, you are only a human too, def. need a rest!
mikarocker 14th-Mar-2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
He does a good job at keeping calm and explaining the situation, he deserves some rest though x___x
chrismellody 14th-Mar-2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Get some rest sir! You're such a Messiah.
Probably this man will get a movie or drama series made about him after all this is over.
tokyographers 105 hours14th-Mar-2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen a confirmed source for it, but it appears he finally went to sleep, and it's widely believed that he hadn't slept for 105 hours.
x_stei Re: 105 hours14th-Mar-2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
I guessed that as much =/.
koichiko 14th-Mar-2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
I have so much respect for this man.
I've been on twitter and other news sites non-stop since saturday and whenever some news with his name-tag appear, one can be sure they are reliable and up-to-date.

But really, they are right. He does have to rest!
I get that his country is in great turmoil and he wants to do everything he can, but even he needs some rest!
x_stei 14th-Mar-2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
He's really hardworking.
genji_93 14th-Mar-2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Edano-san, please do get some rest!
Edano nero and Kan okiro, interesting
He does his duties very well and became the voice of the crisis for the people. We really need people like him in several countries.
jennyhime 14th-Mar-2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
I read some interesting reports how he is the one who has to make sure Naoto Kan stays together, it seems Kan can't handle the pressure much.
He should definetely rest or he might collapse.
sparkledyne 14th-Mar-2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
I have so much respect for this man. If he hasn't gotten some sleep now, I hope that he gets it soon.
arsinoi 14th-Mar-2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah I kept watching him on streaming for the past three days. He probably gets by with little to no sleep. He needs to rest for a while. And, yes, Twitter has been going on & on about him. Most people basically say おつかれさま. Respect!
noonasays 14th-Mar-2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
he is amazing
trex_in_boots 14th-Mar-2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
Such an amazing man. He is doing such a wonderful job.
silentruth 14th-Mar-2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
i'm glad that edano's getting his respect, and i do hope that he gets the necessary rest.
but do people honestly think, that just because the prime minister isn't on tv talking about it, that he's not tirelessly working for the people too? i don't know what kinda leader he is, but if his right hand man is conveying developments, then he's probably working hard for these developments.
bgmimosa 14th-Mar-2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
mmm, agree.
eyeslikefirefly 14th-Mar-2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
Most of the people who make repeat appearances to make announcements look pretty tired. :(

I have a lot of respect for the people putting themselves on the line to work on getting things back to normal (especially the people still in the nuclear powerplants).
melizah 14th-Mar-2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Woah, he's one awesome man. Hope he sleeps well, despite all what's happening. He needs to rest and get some energy back.

Also, I can't help it, but nero translates to me as genius because the Finnish word for genius is nero XD.
/cool story bro'
keyllastic 14th-Mar-2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
The same, I always lol when Japanese words mean other stuff in Finnish!
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