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Japanese elderly villagers protect themselves from heavy snow

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 16 January 2018 11:51 PM

FILE PHOTO: A man and his grandchild walk onva street at Tokyo’s Sugamo district, an area popular among the Japanese elderly, Wednesday. | REUTERS

A heavy snow swept across western Japan this week, causing traffic disruptions and trapping many elderlies inside a home.

Shinichi Koike is one of the elderlies. He lives with his wife in Takamatsu village of Niigata Prefecture, where most residents are in their 60s or 70s, as the youngsters have left for big cities to seek fortune.

Every winter, Koike and his wife have to be fully prepared for the heavy snow.

“It often snows near my hometown in winter, so when winter arrives every year, my house will be like this, with a special layer of protection on the outside preventing the effects of the snow,” said Shinichi Koike, a villager.

As fallen trees brought down by the heavy snow have blocked the only way out, power supply and communication were broken off from the village. After the local authority carried out rushed repairs, the power supply was resumed as of Sunday.

In most parts of Japan, elderly residents who live alone have to remove snow by themselves due to expensive snow removal services. Local governments have called on communities to provide help for each other.

There are some elderly people who live alone in my village. They will ask relevant departments for help when it snows frequently, and the staff will bring snowplows. Our village is not big, so everyone can keep on living with the help from each other,” said the villager.

Now, most regions of Niigata Prefecture are still covered with snow. The local government has warned residents to take security measures when removing snow. — Reuters

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Duterte wants to meet with PM Shinzo Abe anew

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 05:19 PM

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed willingness to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The statement was made following Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kano’s state visit to the Philippines from February 9 to 11 wherein he stated Japan’s plan of opening its labor market to qualified Filipinos.

Meanwhile, there are no reports yet as to when the president plans to visit Japan again.

“We will be waiting for the response of the Japanese prime minister,” Panelo said. — Rosalie Coz

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PH bans pork imports from Japan due to ASF

by admin   |   Posted on Sunday, 10 February 2019 05:47 PM

FILE PHOTO: Pork meat being sold at a wet market

MANILA, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol has ordered an immediate ban on the entry of pork and other pork products from Japan following reports that African swine fever (ASF) “is increasingly likely to spread” in said country.

At 12 noon on Sunday (February 10) Piñol alerted the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) about the ban through Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Segfredo Serrano after receiving a link to a news article published by The Japan News confirming seven cases of ASF in Japan from October of last year through January “where pork containing the ASF virus gene was found at domestic airports.”

Piñol said the imposition of the temporary ban against the entry of pork and pork products from Japan will be in effect while quarantine officials are validating the reports with the World Animal Health Organisation.

Quarantine officers in ports of entry across the country are directed to implement the directive immediately and are advised to “review Quarantine Protocols, including the foot baths installed at the Ports of Entry and the monitoring of all meat products being brought into the country by tourists.” — UNTV News and Rescue

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Japan donates 8 mobile drainage pumps to PH

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 21 January 2019 01:47 PM

A power generation sets with tower lights

MANILA, Philippines – The government of Japan donated eight mobile drainage pumps and 17 power generation sets with tower lights to the Philippines as part of its commitment to help improve the country’s disaster response capabilities.

The equipment worth P51.21 million in total was donated through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the donated equipment will be of big help in flood-prone areas.

The eight drainage equipment are in addition to the eight units earlier donated by Japan in 2014.

“Kumpleto na. Makakapaglagay kami sa lahat ng regions across the country. So next time, kapag may baha ulit, at least meron na kaming mobile na pumping station na pwede naming ipadala.” Villar said.

The truck-mount type submersible package complete with generator set has a drainage capacity of 7.5 cubic meters per minute.

With the new equipment, the DPWH expects that flood water in Metro Manila will be easily and speedily drained eventually prevent major flooding in the city. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

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