Edano before: Edano after. Image by shiba36ms
Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano is the hardest working politician in the disaster business. Since the earthquake and tsunami hit the country on Friday, Edano has been the public face of the government, giving frequent updates, directed at Japanese citizens, from television. Somewhere around Monday, it became clear that Edano could use a rest, and the Twitter hashtag #edano_nero ("Edano, sleep!") took off. It's meant as a kind gesture, a reminder to Edano to take care of himself a little, from people who've appreciated his hard work.
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.