#AceNewsReport – Oct.21: They were moved to the western part of Iwo Jima to form a port, as the island had no port facilities at the time: The seabed has started to rise due to the seismic activity from Mount Suribachi, in particular the western part of the island.
#AceDailyNews says according to the MailOnline report Japanese ghost ships that were sunk by the US during WWII at Battle of Iwo Jima have risen from ocean floor after seismic activity from one of island’s most active volcanoes
As a result of the activity, the sunken ships are sitting on volcanic ash.
The ships were used as a breakwater to protect other ships that were unloading soldiers and materials.
The island was known as Brown Beach on invasion maps, which was reportedly done so to create an artificial naval base to support a U.S. military base before the assault on mainland Japan.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.26: We stand for the rule of law, freedom of navigation and overflight, peaceful resolution of disputes, democratic values, and territorial integrity of states,” U.S. President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a joint statement after the talks…..
#AceDailyNews according to Reuters …..Quad leaders press for free Indo-Pacific, with wary eye on China with a two-hour meeting at the White House of the Quad, as the grouping of four major democracies is called, will be watched closely in Beijing, which criticized the group as “doomed to fail.”
While China was not mentioned in the public remarks by the four leaders or in the lengthy joint statement and a factsheet issued afterwards, Beijing was clearly top of mind.
Their statement made frequent mention of the leaders’ insistence on rules-based behavior in a region where China has been trying to flex its muscles.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.17: Japan has been expanding its Self-Defense Forces, adding state-of-the-art F-35 fighter jets and converting warships to aircraft carriers for them. It is also building new destroyers, submarines and missiles, all the while noting its military expenditure still pales in comparison with China’s increased military spending.
“Against Chinese action to Senkaku Islands and other parts of the East China Sea … we have to demonstrate that the government of Japan is resolutely defending our territory with the greater number of Japanese coast guard vessels than that of China,” Kishi said. “There is no territorial dispute relating to the Senkaku Islands between Japan and other countries,” he added.
Tensions over the uninhabited rocky chain — 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo but only a third of that distance from Shanghai — have simmered for years, and claims over them date back centuries.
When tensions spiked over the islands in 2012, it sparked a groundswell of nationalist sentiment in China. Public protests broke out in dozens of Chinese cities, with Japanese-branded cars smashed, Japanese stores and restaurants vandalized, and debris hurled at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing.
At the governmental level, China has been just as strident as Kishi is in claiming the island chain.
Minamikojima, Kitakojima and Uotsuri islands, part of the five main islands in the Senkaku group in the East China Sea, on September 11, 2013.
“The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are an inherent part of China’s territory, and it is our inherent right to carry out patrols and law enforcement activities in these waters,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement last year.China has been backing its claims in the region with its ships, and by establishing new laws that give its coast guard expanded powers.
According to Japanese authorities, Chinese Coast Guard vessels have ventured into Japanese territorial waters, or within 12 nautical miles of Japanese land, a total of 88 times between January 1 and the end of August. While in the contiguous zone, waters between islands but not within 12 miles of shore, there have been 851 Chinese incursions.
Experts say China’s strategy is to put its forces in places in and around contested areas and exert Beijing’s law and authority over them. Such action makes the Chinese claims seem like due course.
“Exercising coastal state rights is an important step in corroborating sovereignty through practice,” said Alessio Patalano, professor of war and strategy at King’s College in London.
Kishi has taken notice.
China Marine Surveillance vessels (front and middle) cruise with a Japan Coast Guard ship near Kitakojima and Minamikojima of the disputed Senkaku Islands on April 23, 2013.
“There are actions that continue to challenge an integral part of Japan’s sovereign territory. These actions are making it a fait accompli,” he said.
That “integral” Japanese territory extends even closer to another possible flashpoint in the Japan-China relationship.
Taiwan’s importance to Japan
Japan’s westernmost island is at the very end of a string of Japanese possessions paralleling the Chinese coast and extending south some 700 miles (1,125 kilometers) from the main island of Kyushu, through the military hub of Okinawa and the resort island of Ishigaki, to the tiny island of Yonaguni.
With its 11 square miles of rock and population of fewer than 2,000 people, Yonaguni sits only 68 miles (110 kilometers) from Taiwan, the democratically governed island over which Beijing claims sovereignty.
Taiwan and mainland China have been governed separately since the end of a civil war more than seven decades ago.
Taiwanese soldiers are seen holding grenade launchers and machine guns and driving tanks, during a military exercise, in Tainan, Taiwan, on September 14, 2021.
However, Beijing continues to view Taiwan as an inseparable part of its territory even though the Chinese Communist Party has never governed it.
China has been stepping up its military pressure on Taiwan. In June, it sent over two dozen warplanes near the island, prompting Taiwan to alert its air defenses.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping says Taiwan must be brought under Beijing’s control and has not ruled out the use of force in making that happen.
That, said Kishi, has Tokyo in a constant state of vigilance.When Tokyo released its annual defense white paper in July, it contained its strongest language ever on Taiwan, saying “stabilizing the situation surrounding Taiwan is important for Japan’s security.”
At the time, Kishi said it should be monitored with “a sense of crisis.”
In his interview with CNN, he gave specifics.
“What’s happening in Taiwan is directly linked to Japan,” he said, noting the island sits astride his country’s “energy lifeline.”
“Ninety percent of energy that Japan uses is imported through the areas around Taiwan,” Kishi said.
It’s a vulnerability that Tokyo has to mitigate.
“What could happen in Taiwan could likely be an issue for Japan, and in that case, Japan will have to take the necessary response to that situation,” Kishi said, while stressing that tension should be diffused through dialogue, not violence.
But Tokyo isn’t just using words to back up its claims. It’s also beefing up its military defenses, putting missiles and troops on Yonaguni and planning to do the same to nearby Ishigaki in the near future.
“This is to demonstrate our strong will to defend our southwestern area of Japanese territory,” Kishi said.
In that regard, Tokyo has a key ally in its corner, the United States.Tokyo and Washington share a mutual defense treaty, meaning the US is obligated to defend Japanese territory.
US President Joe Biden reaffirmed that security commitment shortly after his inauguration in January, with a White House statement specifically mentioning the Senkakus.
Kishi said this week that alliance is being strengthened, and in commenting on the Senkakus situation, said Washington has Tokyo’s back.
“We will continue to conduct bilateral training with the US and multilateral training with other partners to strengthen our posture and contribute to the peace and stability of this region,” he said, noting that naval exercises have been held or scheduled with partners including France, the United Kingdom and Germany.
While lining up partners, Japan is also improving its own arsenal, including developing and acquiring weapons systems that can strike areas well beyond Japanese territory.
Without saying what areas those longer range systems might target, the Japanese defense minister said it was important for the country’s military to have the right equipment to defend it from any threat.
CNN’s Eric Cheung, Emiko Jozuka and Junko Ogura contributed to this report.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.15: North Korea reportedly fired two ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast Wednesday, in the direction of Japan, prompting Japan’s prime minister to denounce the action as “absolutely outrageous,” according to reports.
The tests, a breach of UN resolutions, came as South Korea and China held meetings in an effort to get the North to resume denuclearisation talks.
The launches show the North has continued to develop its weapons despite a severe economic crisis.
Hours later, the South tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile.
The test of the missile known as SLBM was pre-planned and not in reaction to the North’s latest launches. It makes South Korea the seventh country in the world with such technology.
President Moon Jae-in, who attended the test, said South Korea now had “sufficient deterrence to respond to North Korea’s provocations at any time”, urging the South to continue increasing its weapons programmes to “overwhelm North Korea’s asymmetric power”.
The tests by both Koreas highlighted an arms race on the peninsula, as negotiations with North Korea remain stalled. The US wants the country to give up its nuclear and missile programmes in exchange for sanctions relief, but the North has refused.
The short-range missiles the North fired on Wednesday flew around 800 km (500 miles) at a maximum altitude of 60km, and were launched from central inland areas of the country, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
They flew east towards the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, the JCS added, saying South Korea and the US were conducting analysis to determine which type of missile was used.
The US Indo-Pacific Command said the missiles did not pose an immediate threat to US personnel, territory, or allies, but that they highlighted the “destabilising impact of [North Korea’s] illicit weapons programme”.Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga called the launch “outrageous”, saying it threatened peace and security in the region.Experts say Pyongyang carries out such tests to improve its technology while trying to increase its leverage in negotiations with Washington.”It’s extraordinary timing that you have not one but two Koreas testing ballistic missiles on the same day,” Prof John Delury at Yonsei University told AFP news agency. “It does speak to the fact that there’s an arms race in this region.”Earlier, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, in Seoul, and said all parties should work to promote peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.”Not only North Korea but other countries are carrying out military activity,” he said. “All of us should make efforts in a way that helps resume dialogue.”
FOX News – Dom Calicchio The latest missile firings by North Korea came several days after it reportedly tested newly developed long-range missiles over the weekend, reports said.
“The firings threaten the peace and safety of Japan and the region and are absolutely outrageous,” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said, according to The Associated Press. “The government of Japan is determined to further step up our vigilance and surveillance to be prepared for any contingencies.”
“The government of Japan is determined to further step up our vigilance and surveillance to be prepared for any contingencies.”— Yoshihide Suga, prime minister of Japan
South Korea’s Yonhap News reported the latest firing, citing information from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, which were conducting an analysis of the situation, Yonhap reported.
Hours after the North Korean launch, South Korea fired a missile of its own from a submarine in an event that had been scheduled in advance, Yonhap reported.
The U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command also confirmed Wednesday’s test in a statement, pledging commitment to America’s allies in the region:
“We are aware of the missile launch and are consulting closely with our allies and partners. While we have assessed that this event does not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory, or to our allies, the missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the DPRK’s illicit weapons program. The U.S. commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains ironclad.”
The Associated Press initially reported that only one projectile had been fired and did not identify it as a ballistic missile, but updated its story around 1:20 a.m. ET Wednesday, claiming as Yonhap did that two ballistic missiles had been fired.
Japan’s coast guard said both projectiles landed in international waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula, the AP reported.
According to the AP, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the North Korean projectile flew toward the waters of the Korean Peninsula’s east coast on Wednesday. It gave no further details.
Wednesday’s development followed reports Monday of North Korean missile tests that occurred over last weekend – tests that ended a yearlong pause in the nation’s testing of projectiles, the AP reported.
North Korea said Monday it tested a newly developed cruise missile twice over the weekend. North Korea’s state media described the missile as a “strategic weapon of great significance,” implying they were developed with the intent to arm them with nuclear warheads.
Many experts say the North Korean test suggested North Korea is pushing to bolster its weapons arsenal amid a deadlock in nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington.
The latest launch came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Seoul for meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other senior officials to discuss the stalled nuclear diplomacy with the North.
Moon said South Korea’s government plans to hold an unscheduled national security council meeting later Wednesday, the AP reported.
Talks between the United States and North Korea have stalled since 2019, when the Americans rejected the North’s demand for major sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling an aging nuclear facility. Kim’s government has so far rejected the Biden administration’s overtures for dialogue, demanding that Washington abandon its “hostile” policies first.
The North’s resumption of testing activity is likely an attempt at pressuring the Biden administration over the diplomatic freeze after Kim failed to leverage his arsenal for economic benefits during the presidency of Donald Trump.
Fox News’ Lucas Y. Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this story.Dom Calicchio is a Senior Editor at FoxNews.com.
#AceWeatherDesk says one person dead, two missing as heavy rain causes floods, mudslides in south-western Japan and in the southern city of Kurume, rivers overflowed and residents evacuated from their homes on rubber boats as rescue workers pulled them while wading through muddy water.
The agency expanded heavy rain and mudslide warnings in the Kyushu region to other parts of Japan, including Hiroshima, as the rain front slowly moved eastward, bringing downpours to the ancient capital of Kyoto and Nagao in central Japan.
The rains were so heavy on Friday they triggered a mudslide in the city of Unzen in Nagasaki prefecture, burying four people.
One person was killed and another seriously injured. Rescue workers are searching for the two others.
Another mudslide in Hiroshima late on Friday left one person seriously injured.
Dozens of homes around the country have been damaged by floods and mudslides, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
Local authorities have issued the highest-level disaster alert for parts of Kyushu and Hiroshima, affecting about 1.4 million people, though evacuation is not compulsory.
“People must take steps to secure their safety,” a JMA official told a news conference.
“There has been almost no movement of the rain front over Japan, and it’s being fed by warm, humid air, which is making it more active.”
“Shinknsen” super-express trains connecting the southern city of Hakata and Osaka in the west have been temporarily suspended, according to West Japan Railway Co.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.07: Police arrested the 36-year-old man in another part of Tokyo after he slashed and stabbed people in the attack at about 8:40 pm on Friday on a train on the Odakyu Line in the western part of the city, media reported.
#AceDailyNews says that at least ten passengers have been injured after knife attack on Tokyo train after a man has alleged to have wounded 10 people in a knife attack on a Tokyo commuter train last night he told police he became incensed when he saw women who “looked happy” and wanted to kill them according to RTE News
One victim, a female university student, was seriously wounded, while the rest suffered less severe injuries.
The Sankei newspaper reported that suspect told police: “I began feeling like I wanted to kill women who looked happy about six years ago. Anyone was fine, I just wanted to kill a lot of people.”
Other media, including broadcaster NHK, reported similar quotes from suspect.
A police spokesman said they had nothing further to share on the details of case when asked about the media reports on Saturday.
Violent crime is rare in Japan, but there have been a spate of knife attacks by assailants unknown to the victims.
In June 2008, a man in a light truck drove into a crowd in the popular Akihabara district and then jumped out of the vehicle and started stabbing pedestrians, leaving seven dead.
#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.
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.”
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.”
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.
“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.
“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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
#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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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.
#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
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
#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 byWednesday 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 areason Wednesday nightpossibly loosening soil.
The earthquake occurredaround 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
#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.
Japan unveils $3.5 mil. emergency grant aid for Rohingya migrants: Japan announced Saturday it will provide $3… http://t.co/BCeeKsvDx2
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.
#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.
“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.”
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.