(JAPAN) #Coronavirus Report: Just one week out from the #Olympics host city Tokyo has reported its highest number of new #COVID19 cases in almost six months #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.15: The surging numbers came on the same day that International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach paid a courtesy call in Tokyo on Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga….

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Tokyo’s #COVID19 infections reach six-month high as athletes told to put on their own Olympic medals acording to Mr Suga and Mr Bach have both pledged that the Tokyo Olympics will be “safe and secure” despite the Games opening with Tokyo and neighbouring prefectures under a government-imposed state of emergency as Health Officials reported 1,149 new cases on Wednesday, the highest since 1,184 were reported almost six months ago on January 22.

A Japanese man in a face mask holds an umbrella while walking down a Tokyo street
Tokyo is under a state of emergency with COVID cases rising as the Olympics draw ever closer.(Reuters: Kim Kyung-Hoon)

The new fiures also marked the 25th straight day that cases were higher than they were a week earlier.

Mr Suga asked Mr Bach to ensure that the Olympics will be safe, particularly for the Japanese public, of which fewer than 20 per cent are fully vaccinated.

“To gain the understanding of our people, and also for the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games, it is absolutely necessary that all participants take appropriate actions and measures including countermeasures against the pandemic,” Mr Suga told Mr Bach.

“As the host of the Games, I do hope that the IOC will make the efforts so that all athletes and stakeholders will fully comply with these measures.”

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach meets Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga
IOC President Thomas Bach (left) met Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga ahead of the Olympics.(AP: Kimimasa Mayama)

Mr Bach replied: “We’d like to reaffirm all our commitment on the side of the Olympic community to do everything, that we do not bring any risks to the Japanese people.”

Mr Bach told the Prime Minister that 85 per cent of the athletes and officials living in the Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay will be fully vaccinated.Tokyo Olympics to still go aheadTokyo’s Olympics chief says Japan remains committed to holding a safe games despite a surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.

He said almost 100 per cent of IOC members and IOC staff were “vaccinated or immune.” The IOC also says between 70-80 per cent of international medical representatives were vaccinated.

The IOC and Tokyo organisers last week banned fans from all venues in Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures. A few outlying venues will allow some spectators, and fans from abroad were banned month ago.

About 11,000 athletes and tens of thousands of others will enter Japan for the Olympics. The Paralympics will add about 4,400 more athletes.

Japan has attributed about 15,000 deaths to COVID-19, a number low by many standards but not as good as most of its Asian neighbours.

The Olympic torch relay has also been pulled from Tokyo streets, with the Tokyo government fearing the relay would draw crowds and circulate the virus.

The opening ceremony is July 23 at Tokyo’s new $1.8 billion National Stadium.

Mr Bach is expected to travel Friday to Hiroshima, and his Australian vice-President John Coates to Nagasaki to use those two cities as backdrops for promoting the Games.

Olympics to be ‘well-appreciated’, IOC boss says

Mr Bach arrived in Tokyo last week and spent the first three days self-isolating in the five-star hotel that the IOC uses for its headquarters in Tokyo.

The IOC is pushing ahead with the Olympics, despite opposition in much of the Japanese medical community, partly because it is dependent for almost 75 per cent of its income on the sale of broadcasting rights.

A person in a white t-shirt bearing the Tokyo Olympics logo holding the golden Olympic torch
IOC President Thomas Bach said Japanese people will “have to gain confidence” from the protective measures in place at the games.(AP: Thanassis Stavrakis)

Mr Bach later acknowledged the IOC “always knew that there is this skepticism” among the Japanese people but that they “have to gain confidence” from the protective measures in place.

“You have already seen in the last couple of weeks it’s changing slowly but surely,” the IOC leader told international media in a conference call.

“When the athletes finally compete this will be well-appreciated here by the Japanese people.”

Mr Bach also revealed he had doubts “every day” about the Games going ahead in the 15 months since they were postponed but to voice them would have disrupted athletes preparing to qualify and compete.

“The challenge was that you could not speak about this,” he said.

“This could or would have become a self-fulfilling prophecy. They (athletes) trusted us.”

Meanwhile, a coronavirus cluster emerged at a hotel where dozens of Brazilian Olympic team members are staying. 

Seven staff at the hotel in Hamamatsu city, southwest of Tokyo, had tested positive for the coronavirus, an official said.

But a 31-strong Brazilian Olympic delegation, which includes judo athletes, are in a “bubble” in the hotel and separated from other guests and have not been infected.

The Russian women’s rugby sevens team were also in isolation after their masseur tested positive for COVID-19, the RIA news agency reported from Moscow — as was part of the South African men’s rugby team after a case on their inbound flight.

Participants to put on their own medals

In another measure aimed at preventing the the spread of COVID-19, athletes will put their medals around their own necks.

“The medals will not be given around the neck,” Mr Bach told international media on a conference call from Tokyo.

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Athletes may not be socially distanced during events but they will be from anyone presenting medals.(Supplied: Shannon Reynolds)

“They will be presented to the athlete on a tray and then the athlete will take the medal him or herself.”

“It will be made sure that the person who will put the medal on tray will do so only with disinfected gloves so that the athlete can be sure that nobody touched them before,” Mr Bach added.

Mr Bach confirmed that “there will be no hand shakes and there will be no hugs there during the ceremony”.

Olympic medals are typically presented by an IOC member or a leading official in a sport’s governing body.

The IOC had previously said medalists and ceremony officials would have to wear masks.

AP/Reuters

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(JAPAN) LATEST: More than 1,000 soldiers, firefighters and police are working to rescue survivors of a giant mudslide that ripped through a resort town south-west of Tokyo, killing at least three people and leaving more than 100 missing #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.05: The area is still having heavy rainfall, but arduous rescue efforts will continue,” Mr Suga said, warning residents to watch out for more landslides.

JAPAN: Crews rescue 19 from mudslides in Atami as heavy rainfall persists in the area and Kyodo news agency reported that the confirmed death toll in the town of Atami had risen to three, with 113 people still missing. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga earlier told reporters 19 people had been rescued and 130 homes and other buildings had been damaged ….Please act as quickly as you can to stay safe.”

Emergency workers backed by three coast guard ships were working to clear the mud from the streets of Atami and reach those believed to be trapped or carried away.

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Severe weather conditions have hindered rescue efforts.

The workers were barely visible in the rainfall and thick fog except for their hard hats. Six military drones were being flown to help in the search. 

The mudslide early on Saturday crashed down a mountainside into rows of houses following heavy rains that began several days ago.

Bystanders, their gasps of horror audible, filmed the scene as it unfolded.

Rescuers conduct a search operation at the site of a mudslide at Izusan in Atami
Emergency crews worked through mud and thick fog to find survivours. (AP: Kyodo News)

Witnesses said they heard a giant roar and then watched helplessly as homes were gobbled up by the muddy waves. 

Like many others, Mariko Hattori, an interpreter who lives a short walk away from where the tsunami-like torrent of mud struck, at first didn’t know what happened. 

“The first things I noticed were lots of emergency vehicles. I didn’t know what happened at first,” she said.

“Then I was frightened when I saw the footage.” 

The area of Atami where the mudslide struck, Izusan, is a seaside resort about 100 kilometres south-west of Tokyo. It is known for hot springs, a shrine and shopping streets. 

An aerial photo showing the site of a mudslide at Izusan in Atami
The mudslide crashed into rows of houses after several days of heavy rain.(AP: Kyodo News)

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(TOKYO) JUST IN: Twenty people are missing in central Japan after a huge landslide hit Atami city following heavy rainfall #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Kyodo news agency reports that the bodies of what appear to be two victims have been found in the port district.

#AceDailyNews says a landslide has hit Japan leaving at least 20-people-missing in Atami city and according to Reuters a number of houses were swept away or buried

Reuters: Houses Buried:

Video on social media above shows a torrent of black mud plummeting down from a mountain top and on through the city towards the sea. Several houses were destroyed or buried.

A witness described a “horrible sound” before he fled to higher ground. 

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has put together a task force to respond to the disaster and the wider emergency caused by heavy rainfall on the Pacific coastline. 

Atami, a hot-spring resort in the prefecture of Shizuoka, has had more rainfall in the first three days of July than it usually sees in the whole month. The weather has been similar in neighbouring Kanagawa prefecture. 

A witness told national broadcaster NHK: “I heard a horrible sound and saw a mudslide flowing downwards as rescue workers were urging people to evacuate. So I ran to higher ground.” 

The mudslide struck at 10:30 local time (01:30 GMT), according to a local resident. 

Police, firefighters and members of Japan’s military are involved in a search operation. 

Reuters: Residents in parts of three prefectures – Shizuoka, Kanagawa and Chiba – have been ordered to evacuate following warnings of further flooding in low-lying areas.

Japan is prone to mudslides and flooding during its rainy season. Dozens were killed in flooding in July last year, and more than 200 died in 2018 when parts of western Japan were inundated.

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(ITALY) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Country to introduce a five-day #COVID19 quarantine for travellers from the UK from Monday amid growing concerns about the spread of the Delta variant #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – June.20: The new measures follow similar curbs on UK travellers by France and Germany: Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza added a ban on people arriving from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will remain in place.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – ITALY: To impose quarantine on UK travellers the government and will also be required to have mandatory #COVID19 tests: Italy, however, will also open the door to USA, Canada, Japan and the EU, if visitors show they have been vaccinated or recently tested negative

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What are the case rates across the UK?

UK coronavirus infections have risen slightly in the last week, with an estimated 119,000 people – up from 110,000 – now positive for the virus.The Office for National Statistics figures, up to 12 June, suggest one in every 540 people is infected.Find out how the pandemic has affected your area and how it compares with the national average:A modern browser with JavaScript and a stable internet connection are required to view this interactive.

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(SEOUL/JAPAN) Opinion Poll Report: In a joint opinion poll conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun and the South Korean newspaper Hankook Ilbo, 88% of Japanese and 72% of South Korean respondents said the increasing military pressure China is putting on its neighbors is a threat to their countries #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.14: Japanese and South Korean respondents expressed a strong sense of caution against China in the survey, which was conducted in Japan and South Korea on May 21-23.

Survey: 88% of Japanese, 72% of South Koreans see China as military threat: Survey: 88% of Japanese, 72% of South Koreans see China as military threat — American Military News

By uwe.roland.grossJune 13, 2021

Members of a Chinese military honor guard

On the U.S. policy of increasing pressure on China over diplomatic, security and human rights issues, 59% of Japanese and 64% of South Koreans said their country should side with the United States.

Meanwhile, 68% of respondents in both countries said Japan-South Korea relations should be improved to counter China and North Korea. 

The survey results show that people in both countries feel the need to cooperate with the United States and to improve Japan-South Korea ties.

However, there were differences of opinion regarding economic relations with China. In Japan, 48% of respondents said the current situation should be maintained, 23% said ties should be strengthened, and 22% said they should be lessened. Meanwhile, 42% of South Koreans said ties should be strengthened, 33% said the current situation should be maintained, and 21% said ties should be lessened.

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(TOKYO) #Coronavirus Report: Japan has declared a third #COVID19 related state of emergency for the capital and three western prefectures, just three months ahead of the Olympics which is due to start #AceNewsDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Apr.24: Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo from April 25 through May 11, as the coronavirus variant first identified in the UK spreads in the four prefectures:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Japan declares third COVID-19 state of emergency, just three months before Olympics as the U.K. variant spreads into Tokyo and 4-prefectures’

Posted Yesterday at 9:25pm, updated 9h ago

A Japanese man holding up a sign which says "Stay Home"
Pandemic prevention measures such as staying at home and wearing masks remain optional.(Reuters: Issei Kato)

Daily infections in Japan briefly dipped in March, but have since risen to exceed 5,000 by Wednesday: Osaka recorded 1,162 new COVID-19 cases Friday, while Tokyo had 759.

Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be like no other, with athletes required to wear a mask at all times unless they are eating or sleeping and organisers wanting people to show their support by only clapping, not by chanting or singing.Read more

The step is largely intended to be “short and intensive” to stop people from traveling and spreading the virus during Japan’s “Golden Week” holidays, from late April through the first week of May, Mr Suga said.

“I sincerely apologise for causing trouble for many people again,” said Mr Suga, who earlier had pledged to do his utmost to prevent a third emergency.

This latest state of emergency comes only a month after an earlier emergency ended in the Tokyo area.

Experts, municipal leaders call for stronger prevention measures

A crowded restaurant in Tokyo with people outside in face masks
Restaurants are obliged to operate with shorterned hours under the state of emergency.(ABC News: Jake Sturmer)

Japan, which has had about half a million cases and 10,000 deaths, has not enforced lockdowns.

Mask-wearing, staying home and other COVID-safe measures for the public remain non-mandatory, and experts worry if they will be followed.

The state of emergency now allows prefectural governors to issue binding orders for businesses to shorten hours or close in exchange for daily compensation of up to 200,000 yen ($2,393), while imposing fines of up to 300,000 yen ($3,589) for violators.

There are also shutdown requirements for bars, department stores, shopping centres, theme parks, theatres and museums.

Schools will stay open, but universities are asked to return to online classes.

But people are becoming impatient and less cooperative and have largely ignored the ongoing measures as infections have accelerated.

This has prompted experts and local leaders to urgently call for tougher steps. 

Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura, who on Tuesday requested the emergency, said the semi-emergency measures were not working and hospitals were overflowing with patients.

COVID-19 treatment is largely limited to a handful of public-run hospitals, while many small private institutions are not assisting or even prepared to mobilise for infectious diseases.

The Japanese Government has also been criticised for a slow vaccine rollout, with only a tiny fraction of the population innoculated.

Mr Suga said he would ensure enough vaccines are delivered to local municipalities so all of the country’s 36 million senior citizens can receive their second shots by the end of July — a month behind an earlier schedule.

Suga says IOC is the reason why the Olympics is still going ahead

A person in a white t-shirt bearing the Tokyo Olympics logo holding the golden Olympic torch
Japan has already postponed its Olympics by a year because of the pandemic.(AP: Thanassis Stavrakis)

The May 11 deadline for the latest round of emergency measures occurs ahead of an expected visit by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, triggering speculation that the government is prioritsing the Olympic schedule over people’s health.

Mr Suga said Japan had no choice but to follow the IOC decision to hold the games.

“The IOC has the authority to decide and the IOC has already decided to hold the Tokyo Olympics,” Mr Suga said.

“We aim to hold the games while taking strong measures to protect people’s lives from the further spread of infections.”

Yoshihide Suga in a suit and tie wearing a white mask speaks infront of microphones
Mr Suga had earlier tried to prevent another state of emergency.(AP: Koji Sasahara)

Mr Suga has been reluctant to hurt the already pandemic-damaged economy and faced criticism for being slow to take virus measures.

Japan’s inoculation campaign lags behind many countries, with imported vaccines in short supply while its attempts to develop its own vaccines are still in the early stages.

Inoculations started in mid-February but progress has been slow amid shortages of vaccines and healthcare workers.

The rapid increase in patients flooding hospitals has raised concerns of a further staff shortage and delay in vaccinations.

AP

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(TOKYO, Japan.) LATEST: The #Japan Meteorological Agency warns of potential #collapses of buildings and more #landslides as #quakes of similar intensity could hit #Yamagata and #Niigata prefectures, with heavy #rain expected in the areas possibly loosening soil #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.19: At least 26 people were injured, including one seriously, after a magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Japan’s northwestern region late Tuesday, causing landslides and power outages in some areas and prompting thousands of people to evacuate from their homes: Seventeen people were injured in Yamagata Prefecture, four each in Niigata and Miyagi prefectures, and one in Ishikawa Prefecture, according to a Kyodo News tally on Wednesday: There were no reports of people missing. 

(The roof of a sumo ring is seen collapsed at an elementary school in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture.)

Most of the evacuees had returned home by Wednesday morning, and many residents were busy cleaning up their houses and neighborhoods during cold rain: The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of potential collapses of buildings and more landslides as quakes of similar intensity could hit Yamagata and Niigata prefectures over the following week, with heavy rain expected in the areas on Wednesday night possibly loosening soil.

The earthquake occurred around 10:22 p.m. at a depth of about 14 kilometres, with its epicenter located off Yamagata in the Sea of Japan, according to the meteorological agency: A tsunami warning was issued but lifted hours later: The quake registered upper 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Murakami in Niigata. A 10-centimeter tsunami was observed in the city of Niigata with smaller ones in other locations including Sakata and Wajima.

(Products are seen scattered on the floor of a supermarket store in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture.)

(Dishes are seen scattered on the floor of a kitchen of a house in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture.)

“I can’t believe I have experienced major quakes like this repeatedly in my life,” said Riki Yokota, an 81-year-old resident of Murakami, recalling surviving a big earthquake that struck Niigata in 1964: A strong earthquake jolted Niigata Prefecture and its vicinity in 2007 as well.

“I was so afraid I might not be able to escape” after a tsunami warning was issued, she said, after evacuating to a nearby junior high school with her daughter. She said she needs to use a walker: At the school’s gymnasium, about 200 people including elderly people and young children took shelter.

The two passengers and two crew members aboard a local train that was stopped in Murakami following the quake rushed to higher ground from the carriages near the coast: “We were really afraid of a tsunami,” said an evacuee from the train on the JR Uetsu Line who took shelter at a shrine on a hill.

The #Japan Meteorological Agency warns of potential #collapses of buildings and more #landslides as #quakes of similar intensity could hit #Yamagata and #Niigata prefectures, with heavy #rain expected in the areas possibly loosening soil — Kyodo News | Japan (@kyodo_english) June 19, 2019

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JAPAN:VIDEO: ‘ Alert of increased activity near newly restarted Sendai nuclear power plant ‘

#AceNewsReport – JAPAN:Aug.15: Japan has warned that the Sakurajima volcano, located 50 km from the just-restarted Sendai nuclear power plant, is showing signs of increased activity.

The volcano, located on the southern Kyushu Island, is one of the most active in Japan, but a larger-than-usual eruption may come, the country’s Meteorological Agency said. Roughly 100 people living near the mountain’s base were told to be prepared for evacuation. The Sendai plant was brought online on Tuesday after a long delay after safety overhaul prompted by the Fukushima disaster.

The national nuclear regulator believes that volcanic activity poses only a negligible threat to the facility.

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@AceNewsServices Japan offers Aid of $3.5-million to #RohingyaMuslims fleeing #Myanmar

#AceNewsReport – TOKYO:June.20: Tokyo has offered aid of $3.5 million through global agencies, such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, to help Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday.

The money will be used to provide for food and shelter, as well as to fund data analysis of the refugees’ maritime movements. In 2015, at least 25,000 people have been taken to boats from Myanmar and Bangladesh to countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, the UN estimates.

The Rohingya people are considered “stateless entities” in mainly Buddhist Myanmar. Some 1.3 million Rohingyas live in the country’s western Arakan state.

Myanmar views them as illegal Bangledeshi immigrants and refuses to recognize them as an ethnic group.

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MOSCOW: ‘ Putin looking for talks with Shinzo Abe over Kuril Islands ‘

#AceNewsReport – MOSCOW:June.20: Russian president Vladimir Putin said he was “very keen” to hold talks with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, in a bid to resolve the dispute over the Kuril Islands, Kyodo news agency reported.

https://twitter.com/Kyodo_News_EN/status/612116305127194625

“All problems have a solution,” the Russian leader said during a press briefing at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. The sparsely populated Kuril Islands were assigned to the Soviet Union at the conclusion of World War II, but Japan has insisted on the return of the four southernmost islands, which it says are not a part of the Kurils, and should never have been seized by the USSR.

Putin also said that “Japan bears responsibility for the cooling of relations between our countries” and suggested that Tokyo “needs to come up with new ideas for resolving the territorial dispute, which has reached an impasse.”

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Article: Shinzo Abe risks 'disgracing Japan's people' by glossing over war record

#AceNewsReport – Headlines: Japan: June.10:
Shinzo Abe risks ‘disgracing Japan’s people’ by glossing over war record
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/10/shinzo-abe-risks-disgracing-japans-people-by-glossing-over-war-record

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AUSTRALIA: Deny they paid any bribes to #FIFA officials ‘

#AceNewsReport – #BreakingUpdate AUSTRALIA:June.09: Australia has denied any brides were received by them in 2020 World Cup bid.

Australia secured only one vote despite ploughing Aus$43 million (US$32 million) into its pitch. It was competing against the United States, Japan, South Korea and Qatar, which was controversially awarded the tournament.

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‘SOUTH KOREA, US & JAPAN JOIN TOGETHER IN PACT TO SHARE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE ON NORTH KOREA ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA:Dec.18 – South Korea, the US and Japan have produced significant progress on a pact on sharing their military intelligence, Seoul’s Defence Ministry said.

The information is intended to better deal with threats from North Korea, Yonhap reported.

The three countries have yet to reach a final consensus on the issue.

The ministry denied a report by Japan’s Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper that the allies will sign the deal by the end of this year.

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JAPAN: ‘ APPROVES RESTART OF SENDAI NUCLEAR PLANT ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – Nov.07 – Regional authorities in Japan on Friday approved the restart of the idled Sendai nuclear plant of Kyushu Electric Power Co, Reuters said.

'First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima '

‘First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima ‘

The move paves the way for a revival of the stalled industry, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.

The two-reactor Sendai plant is located 1,000km south-west of Tokyo in Kagoshima prefecture.

On Friday, 38 of the 47 members of Kagoshima’s prefectural assembly backed the restart.

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed to restart the fleet of 48 offline reactors.

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‘ CHINA REQUESTS JAPAN STOP SCRAMBLING JETS AGAINST THEIR AIRCRAFT ‘

#AceNewsServices – CHINA – October 30 – China called on Japan on Thursday to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft, Reuters reported.

'China tells Japan Stop Causing Tensions in South China Sea '

‘China tells Japan Stop Causing Tensions in South China Sea ‘

In recent months, according to (CNN) Territorial tensions between China and Japan have flared after a close encounter between their military jets in disputed airspace over the East China Sea.

The neighbouring rivals accused each other of potentially triggering a dangerous incident, after two pairs of Chinese fighter jets were scrambled and flew close to a Japanese OP-3C surveillance plane and a YS-11EB electronic intelligence aircraft Saturday.

The fly-bys occurred in airspace claimed by both countries as part of their “air defence identification zones,” while China carried out joint maritime exercises with Russia at the weekend.

The two states have accused the other of flying military aircraft too close to its own jets in a territorial dispute as both sides claim a string of Japanese-administered islets in the East China Sea.

'This disputed islands in the East China Sea are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China '

‘This disputed islands in the East China Sea are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China ‘

They are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

Last year, Beijing declared an air defence zone covering most of the East China Sea. Japan’s fighter jet scrambles against Chinese planes rose 29 percent to 103 in July-September, Beijing said.

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JAPAN: ‘ FIRST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT SINCE FUKUSHIMA DISASTER RESTARTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – October 28 – After recent wrangles with TEPCO and the people’s dismay with Japan’s government decisions. Today it was announced that a town of 100,000 in south-west Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

'First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima '

‘First Nuclear Power Plant to Open Since Fukushima ‘

Satsumasendai, which hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co plant, is 1,000km south-west of Tokyo.

The town has long relied on the Sendai plant for government subsidies and jobs. Nineteen of the city’s 26 assembly members voted in favour of restarting the plant.

The restart of Japan’s first reactors, under new rules imposed since the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011, is unlikely until next year as Kyushu Electric still needs to pass operational safety checks.

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‘ JAPANESE MAN RECEIVES PRISON SENTENCE FOR DESIGNING AND PRINTING A 3D GUN ‘

#AceNewsServices – JAPAN – October 25 – A Japanese man has become the first person to receive a prison sentence for designing and printing a 3D gun.

'Japanese man becomes first person to be jailed for making gun from 3D printer '

‘Japanese man becomes first person to be jailed for making gun from 3D printer ‘

Yoshitomo Imura, 28, downloaded and printed five plastic guns, two of which could fire real bullets.

He was arrested in May at his home in Kawasaki and on Friday was given a two-year sentenced for creating a deadly firearm by the Yokohama District Court in Japan, a country with extremely strict gun laws.

The former employee of the Shonan Institute of Technology is believed to be the first person to serve jail time for printing 3D guns, which are a growing concern for police around the world.

He also released 3D design data for his guns in videos posted to YouTube, which the ruling Judge Koji Inaba described as “vicious,” according to The Japan News.

He added that he had “flaunted his skills and knowledge and attempted to make gun controls toothless.”

In one video posted last year, Imura assembles the .38-caliber handgun from plastic 3D printed pieces, a few metal pins, screws and rubber bands, then test fires it with blanks.

“Freedom of armaments to all people!!” he writes in the video’s description. “A gun makes power equal!!”

It is thought Imura purchased the 3D printer for about $636.09 online.

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JAPAN: ‘ NEW STUDY REVEALS NINETY FIVE PERCENT OF THE POPULATION IS AT RISK OF A MAJOR VOLCANIC ERUPTION ‘

#AceNewsServices – JAPAN – October 24 – About 95 percent of Japan’s population is at risk of being devastated by a major volcanic eruption, which could happen “at any moment” within the next century, a study revealed.

Volcanic activity has reportedly increased today: 

‘Signs of volcano’s increased activity’ near Japan’s nuclear plant

Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64km from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity. This could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption, officials said, warning people to stay away from the summit. Ioyama, a mountain on the southwestern island of Kyushu, has been shaken by a tremor lasting as long as seven minutes, Reuters said. A month ago, another volcano, Mt. Ontake, erupted suddenly when crowded with hikers, killing 57 people in Japan’s worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years.

The research, conducted by Japanese scientists, was released on Kobe University’s website on Wednesday.

“It is not an overstatement to say that a colossal volcanic eruption would leave Japan extinct as a country,” the authors said, according to AFP.

Kobe University’s professors Yoshiyuki Tatsumi and Keiko Suzuki analyzed the scale and frequency of local volcanic eruptions over the past 120,000 years. At about 1 percent over the next 100 years, they predicted a possibility of a massive volcanic eruption that could leave about 120 million people living across Honshu, Japan’s main island, “hopeless.”

But this figure should not be underestimated, the scientists warn. Back in 1995, a day before a 7.2-magnitude quake destroyed Kobe – with almost 6,400 people killed and 4,400 injured – the chance of a major earthquake striking that Japanese port city was estimated at a similar 1 percent. 

Smoke rises after an eruption of Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, in this photo taken through a window by Kyodo August 18, 2013 (Reuters / Kyodo)

Smoke rises after an eruption of Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima, southwestern Japan, in this photo taken through a window by Kyodo August 18, 2013 (Reuters / Kyodo)

Nearly 7 percent of the volcanoes that have erupted over the past 10,000 years are located in the nation, with a population of 127 million people.

One of them, a gigantic crater, 23km (14 miles) across, in southern island of Kyushu, which has been struck by seven massive eruptions over the past 120,000 years, served as a model for the scientists.

According to their prediction, should the eruption occur, in just two hours the area would be buried by flows of lava and molten rock, and westerly winds would carry volcanic ash to the second most-populous island in the world, making it “unlivable.”

Another Kyushu mountain, Ioyama, has recently shown some signs of volcanic activity, such as small tremors, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s volcano division told Reuters on Friday. Belonging to Kirishima range, it is located some 64km from the Sendai nuclear plant, run by Kyushu Electric Power Co.

Furthermore, the frequently erupting Sakurajima Volcano, about 50 km from the plant, also forced officials to issue a warning for people not to approach the peak.

Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers conduct rescue operations near the peak of the Mount Ontake, which erupted September 27, 2014 and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, in this handout photograph released by Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan and taken October 11, 2014 (Reuters / Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan)

Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) soldiers conduct rescue operations near the peak of the Mount Ontake, which erupted September 27, 2014 and straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures, central Japan, in this handout photograph released by Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan and taken October 11, 2014 (Reuters / Joint Staff of the Defence Ministry of Japan)

Although the nuclear plant is currently not operational, it may be restarted next year, after it passes safety checks and gets the approval of local authorities.

In late September, the nation’s deadliest volcanic eruption in almost 90 years occurred. Honshu’s Mount Ontake dramatically erupted without warning, killing 57 hikers and leaving at least six other people missing.

Japan is home to nearly 100 active volcanoes, lying on the ‘Ring of Fire’ – a 40,000km-long horseshoe-shaped area around the coasts of the Pacific Ocean, where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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TOKYO: ‘ POWERFUL TYPHOON VONFONG CHURNS UP READY TO HIT MAINLAND JAPAN MIDDAY MONDAY ‘

#AceWorldNews  – TOKYO – Braces itself for another powerful Typhoon called Vongfong which is presently churning toward Japan’s main islands Sunday after strong winds and heavy rain left 35 injured in the south.

The monster storm hit the southern Okinawan islands on Saturday and is now moving toward the main Kyushu and Honshu islands, where it is due to make landfall as early as Monday morning, the national weather agency said.

Vongfong—the season’s 19th typhoon—was in the southern area of Kagoshima at midday Sunday, the meteorological agency said, placing it around 230 kilometers west of Amami-Oshima island. 

It is packing gusts of up to 180 kilometers per hour as it moves north-northwest.

“The typhoon is expected to make landfall on Kyushu on Monday morning,” meteorologist Hiroshi Sasaki told reporters of AFP that it will hit landfall around midday Monday.

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TOKYO: ‘ Public Debates Stir Reaction to Restarting Nuclear Power Plants After Fukushima ‘

#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – October 10 – Japan has launched public debates on restarting nuclear power plants with a first in a series of town hall meetings held in Satsumasendai, a coastal city south-west of Tokyo, that hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co facility, Reuters reported.

Organizers had to introduce a lottery system for those who wanted to attend, due to the high interest.

The authorities were criticized for limiting the number of participants and for banning certain questions, like evacuation plans, from discussion.

Greenpeace has described the meetings as a “farce.” Following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, opposition to nuclear power has been strong in Japan.

The country halted its last nuclear reactor a year ago. PM Shinzo Abe’s government would like to see the plants back on-line, and has promised tougher security measures.

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