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Japan to allow prefs to issue declaration against BA.5 subvariant

TOKYO — The Japanese government said it will enable local governments to issue declarations urging precautionary steps against the spread of the highly transmissible BA.5 Omicron subvariant of the coronavirus, particularly by the most vulnerable.   Under the policy, aimed at focusing on the elderly and those with underlying conditions putting them at high risk, prefectural governments facing strains on….Read more

  • July 29, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 3:06 p.m.
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Hospital beds in many spots are over 50% filled as COVID-19 surges

The occupancy rate of hospital beds was exceeding 50 percent in 18 of 47 prefectures as of July 26 amid the seventh wave of COVID-19 cases in Japan.   The benchmark is one of the criteria for determining that general medical treatment needs to be restricted as hospital beds for COVID-19 patients are running low.   More than 60 percent….Read more

  • July 28, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:03 p.m.
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New COVID cases hit record high nationwide on Thursday

All national papers reported that a record 233,100 new coronavirus cases were confirmed across the country on Thursday, including 40,406 in Tokyo, also a record high. As a result of the relentless surge in cases, hospitalization rates are also rising, with bed occupancy rates exceeding 50% in 19 prefectures, including Okinawa (88%), Kanagawa (74%), Shizuoka (74%), and Wakayama (70%). In….Read more

  • July 29, 2022
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GOJ to call for elderly to stay home amid COVID resurgence 

All national papers reported that the GOJ plans to institute a new scheme for prefectures that have been severely affected by the latest wave of COVID-19, noting that under the “Declaration on Enhancing Measures against BA.5,” prefectural authorities will be allowed to call for the elderly not to go out. Mainichi interpreted the new initiative as a substitute for quasi-state….Read more

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Japan records highest number of new COVID cases among G7

Nikkei wrote that amid the seventh wave of COVID-19, Japan recorded the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases among G7 nations on Tuesday. According to Johns Hopkins University data, about 176,000 new cases were confirmed in Japan on Tuesday, ten times more than a month ago, putting Japan ahead of the United States, which confirmed about 129,000 new cases. The….Read more

  • July 28, 2022
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Japanese science council shifts stance on dual-use research

The Science Council of Japan has effectively endorsed advanced science and technology research that can be used for both military and civilian purposes, compiling a view that it has become difficult to clearly differentiate the two applications.   The council, which represents scientists in Japan, had consistently opposed scientific research for military purposes. However, it appears to have shifted its….Read more

  • July 28, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 12:17 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Environment

Japan to draw up 10-year roadmap toward 2050 goal of carbon neutrality

All national dailies reported on the first meeting on Wednesday of a GOJ council on “green transformation (GX).” The attendees included Prime Minister Kishida; Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hagiuda, who was given the additional role of green transformation minister; and Keidanren Chairman Tokura. The government will draw up by the end of this year a 10-year roadmap toward the….Read more

  • July 28, 2022
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SCIENCE > Environment

ANRE wind power policy office director: Planning and speed are important factors in offshore wind power bids

Nikkei Business Daily interviewed Ishii Takahiro, Director of the Wind Power Policy Office, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE), regarding the revisions for offshore wind power project bidding as well as future issues. Interviewed by Tsuge Mamoru.   Question: ANRE released the planned revision for offshore wind power project bidding rules at the end of June 2022.   Ishii:….Read more

  • July 22, 2022
  • , NIKKEI Business Daily , p. 6
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Editorial: 4th vaccine shots for high-risk individuals must now be a priority

The government has formally decided to expand its program to provide fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses to cover health care workers and staff at facilities for the elderly.   We see no reason to take exception to the measure as it is aimed at reducing the risk of patients and elderly people becoming infected at hospitals and nursing care facilities. But….Read more

  • July 26, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 5:45 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Space

Russia to withdraw from International Space Station after 2024

Mainichi and Yomiuri wrote that Yuri Borisov, the newly appointed head of the space agency Roscosmos, said during a meeting with President Putin on Tuesday that Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024 and focus on building its own orbiting outpost. Mainichi wrote that if Russia does in fact end its involvement in the ISS, it….Read more

  • July 27, 2022
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri
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