As soon as I learned about the hydrogen blast that happened at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan last night, I turned on my television so I could listen to coverage of the event while reading updates online. As has been the case throughout the aftermath of the Japan disaster, CNN has continuously provided the most extensive coverage on television, and I went straight to that channel. (Since it was still the weekend at that point, I also had to check MSNBC to see if it deemed the breaking news event important enough to drop its lame weekend programming — which was a Charlie Sheen special at that time, incidentally. MSNBC didn’t let me down this time. Meanwhile, FOX News Channel had Geraldo Rivera anchoring coverage that hour because that’s when his show is on. Watching CNN really was a no-brainer.)
Anyway, soon after I turned on CNN, I saw the familiar face of Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yukio Edano. I had two immediate thoughts — that during this disaster, Japan’s press conferences have been timelier than the typical American one, resulting in accurate information getting out faster, and that Edano seems to be the guy relaying all the information, no matter what time of day or night it is.
Apparently that second observation of mine was right on target, because this morning I read that Japanese Twitter users are urging Edano to get some sleep. From The Washington Post‘s BlogPost:
The hashtag #edano_nero has become a global trending topic on Twitter. “Nero” means to sleep in Japanese.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s right-hand man, Edano has won respect after attending endless press conferences at all hours of the day and night to relay every development since the earthquake and tsunami hit.
A Twitter trend has become popular around the prime minister as well, but his is #kan_okiro. “Okiro” means to wake up in Japanese.
Popular Japanese blogger Michael Gakuran tweeted:
“#edano_nero is trending! It means ‘go to sleep, Edano!’ The wishes of fellow Twitterers who see a tireless man working morning and night”
It is my hope that Edano is following their advice. He has been an important source of information for not only the Japanese people, but the rest of the world, too.