Occupation: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary
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Japan's most tireless political spokesman has been the measured voice of a nation reeling from cataclysms natural and man-made. In a now iconic pale blue emergency jumpsuit, Edano delivered from Tokyo admirably unscripted updates at all hours so constantly that Japanese microbloggers began imploring him to sleep. His unflagging presence at the podium has gained him his people's trust and made of him a symbol of the country's resolve in the face of great loss.
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