Residents in Hokkaido, surprised but not frightened by North Korea’s second missile launch

admin   •   September 15, 2017   •   3833

A man walks past a TV set showing North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un in a news report about North Korea’s missile launch in Tokyo. REUTERS/Kim Kyun-Hoon

Hokkaido City officials and self-defense personnel scrambled early Friday to assess threats or damage after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over the northern Japan for the second time in recent weeks.

Warning announcements about the missile blared around 7 a.m. In parts of northern Japan, while many residents received alerts on their mobile phones or saw warnings on TV with instructions to hide inside a building or a basement.

People at a crowded train station in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s prefectural capital city, had mixed reactions about the missile launch, with some still in disbelief.

“It just doesn’t feel real. I really don’t know what it’ll do,” said an elderly woman.

“It gives me the shivers. I feel like telling them to just stop it now,” said an elderly man.

Meanwhile, Tokyo residents expressed fear that the missiles may fall on Japan if they are fired in that direction.

“It is very scary. The path [of the missile] goes over Japan, so I’m concerned as to what may happen,” said Satoshi Nagatsuka, a food industry worker.

“[My home is in] Hakodate [Hokkaido], and when I look at the path of the missile, it looks like it is flying over that area and that is very scary. If the missile doesn’t fall into the sea and falls somewhere else, I wonder what will happen,” Reiko Ota, a retiree.

The launch was made a day after North Korea’s threatened to ‘sink’ Japan and reduce U.S. to ‘ashes and darkness” using its nuclear weapons.

The missile reached an altitude of about 770 km and flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 3,700 km according to South Korea’s military far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. — Reuters

Japan, sisimulan nang maglabas ng vaccine passports sa Hulyo

UNTV News   •   June 18, 2021

Sisimulan na ng Japan sa Hulyo ang paglalabas ng vaccine passports o dokumentong nagpapatunay na nabakunahan na ang isang indibidwal laban sa COVID-19.

Nais ng business leaders at iba pang mamamayan na makapag-issue na ng ganitong certificates para sa mga bumibiyahe sa labas ng bansa.

Ayon sa Japanese government, sa huling bahagi ng susunod na buwan, mag-uumpisa nang mamigay ang mga local government office ng certificates batay sa vaccination records ng mga may valid passports.

Ang European Union, kinukunsidera na ring mag-introduce ng vaccine certificates.

Japan to donate AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The government of Japan will donate AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines, its embassy in Manila announced on Tuesday.

“Glad to be the bearer of good news today! Japan will donate AstraZeneca vaccines to the Philippines, and we’ll make sure to deliver them at the soonest possible time so no one gets left behind during this pandemic,” Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa said on Twitter.

In a separate announcement on social media, the embassy said the initiative is “part of Japan’s assistance to ASEAN countries and is outside of the COVAX facility.”

“More COVID-19 vaccines on their way to the Philippines! Foreign Minister [Toshimitsu] Motegi just announced today Japan’s intent to donate AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Japan to the Philippines,” the embassy said.

“Close coordination will be done with the Government of the Philippines going forward for the swift delivery of these much-needed jabs,” it added.

The embassy did not indicate how many vaccine doses the Japanese government will donate to the Philippines but Motegi said in an earlier public briefing that the vaccines will be shipped out in July.

The Philippines still has limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines even after receiving more than 8 million doses from February to May this year.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said the country is expecting to receive over 10 million doses more for the month of June and 11 million by July.

The national government is eyeing to inoculate around 70 million people this year.

Tokyo doctors call for cancellation of Olympic Games due to surge in COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Medical practitioners in Japan are calling for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics due to a surge in cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In an open letter, the Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association is appealing to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to suspend the upcoming Tokyo Olympics especially when the country is already experiencing the 4th wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization represents 6,000 primary care doctors in Tokyo. It lamented that medical practitioners already have their hands full responding to rising cases in Japan.

Holding the Games at the height of summer, the group also expressed concern over the additional burden of dealing with heat stroke cases.

The Olympics Committee has set up 30 hospitals for the upcoming games, however, the organization said there are not enough medical facilities and personnel.

Meanwhile, International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach said 80% of the individuals at the Olympic Village Resident have already been vaccinated. The IOC also assured they will provide additional medical personnel to assist during the Olympics. (With reports from Ryuji Sasaki)

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