Ok, I need to explain this title. And in order to understand this title you have to understand a bit of Japanese television. You see 24 is VERY popular here (and I know how that may make folks here who think it is torture porn, which I might also agree with) and so is Keifer Sutherland. Very very very popoular. He even does Japanese commercials:
Now below the fold I want to tell you about a hero here in Japan they are calling "Times Four Jack Bauer"..and he is a government worker.
When this crisis first began information was difficult to come by. Massive earthquake, followed by massive tsunami, followed by nuclear accident. Through all of this was a Japanese government official who brought calm, solid information and (its difficult to explain if you dont speak any Japanese) but a certain demeanor which helped people to cope with this crisis.
He was a voice of calm in a stormy sea, and they say he didnt sleep for the first 100 hours of this crisis. Now, I dont know how much of this is building into legend and how much is true...but he certainly looks worn out here:
Now contrast this with the CEO of BP who couldnt be bothered to cancel his boat race in the middle of their crisis. This is the difference between government response and a cold corporation. Mr. Yukio joined governement to help people and do what he loved. Corporate executive do what they do for their 100 million dollar golden parachutes.
But I digress...
So they are calling this man, this hero Edano Yukio "4倍ジャックバウアー” or 4 times Jack Bauer (24 x 4 days). A title well deserved.
They are also saying he should be the Prime Minister on some of the political leaning sites over here, so dont be surprised if this isn`t the last you hear of this hero.