Two Japanese officials -- including Vice Minister of Health Noritoshi Ishida, above--have launched a six-month fight with flab, and they're blogging about it mhlw.go.jp--it's in Japanese). Want to know about your political leaders? Go online for more--some might say too much--information.
Norodom Sihanouk Cambodia On norodomsihanouk.info, the King Father of Cambodia posts scanned-in highlights from the royal mailbox, news stories and video clips of him singing original tunes. A TIME fave: song No. 21.
Jon Riki Karamatsu Hawaii The state legislator talks story, as Hawaiians say, at jonriki livejournal.com He says he wants his blog to show his "human side"--from naming his pet carp to a eulogy for his grandma.
Ray Cox Minnesota One of the first officials to blog, state rep Cox raycox.net has posted photos of his wife Ellen's Thanksgiving prep and tree decorating. Openness didn't help at the polls--in November, he lost.
Boris Johnson England The mad-haired British M.P.'s recent boris-johnson.com rant on being stuck in traffic ("You gibber and you chew your tie and rend your shirt") typifies his trademark Bo-Jo eccentricity.