6/17/2021 Japan Galaxy News: GUNZE Stops Using Xinjiang Cotton; Japan Secures The Senkaku Islands From The Threat Of CCP Ships

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1.Considering Human Rights Issues in Xinjiang, GUNZE Stops Using Xinjiang Cotton

Japanese textile company GUNZE announced on Wednesday that it has begun to consider stopping the use of cotton produced in Xinjiang considering growing international concern over the human rights situation in the region. In response to the Xinjiang cotton issue, news broke in May this year that U.S. Customs suspended some Uniqlo shirts. Japanese companies acted under pressure, such as Mizuno, who decided to stop using Xinjiang cotton. MIZUNO used Xinjiang cotton as a material to produce socks to give them advantages such as ease of wear. The company is discussing measures to respond to the change in raw materials.

2.Japan’s Coast Guard Chief Says Japan Will Guard the Waters of the Senkaku Islands with a Posture That Exceeds That of the Other Side

According to Kyodo News on 16, the number of days of continuous confirmation of the Chinese Communist Party’s Coast Guard vessels in the outer contiguous zone of Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands set a new record for the longest consecutive days since the nationalization of the Senkaku in September 2012. Japan’s Maritime Safety Agency Chief Takahiko Okushima stressed at a regular press conference on 16, “The situation is dire. Will continue to respond with patrol boats that exceed the other side’s power, with a foolproof territorial sea guard posture.” According to the Coast Guard, the Chinese official ship was found for 112 consecutive days on the 4th of this month, exceeding the record of 111 days up to last year. After that, the number of confirmations also increased to 124 consecutive days by the 16th.

3.Japan May Enter a State of Epidemic Emergency Again If the Tokyo Olympics Are Held

According to Kyodo News, on the 16th, a meeting of experts to advise the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare on the response to the CCP virus outbreak was held that day. Even if the impact of the highly infectious Indian mutant strain is excluded, the possibility of declaring another epidemic emergency during the Tokyo Olympics from July is expected to exist. The National Institute of Infectious Diseases and Kyoto University, and other teams revealed that spectators at the Olympics could increase the total number of infected people by 10,000 compared to a situation where no spectators would be present. The expert bodies concluded that although the number of infections decreases in areas where virus transmission is occurring, the rate of decline in the number of infections in some areas is currently slowing down due to increased movement of people, raising concerns about a future rebound in the outbreak.

4.Japan’s Diet Closes Today, Cabinet No-Confidence Resolution Defeated, Land Use Restriction Act Passed

According to FNN on Wednesday, four opposition parties, including the Constitutional Democratic Party, called the ruling party’s refusal to extend the Diet session unacceptably. They moved a no-confidence resolution, which was defeated, against the Cabinet on Tuesday. Constitutional Democratic Party representative Yukio Eno said, “In fact, the general election starts today.” On the other hand, the Senate passed a bill regulating the use of areas around important facilities such as Self Defense Force bases —- “Land Use Restriction Act.” Opposition parties opposed to the passage of the bill submitted a resolution to remove the Senate President, but the bill finally entered the Senate plenary session at around 2:30 a.m. on the 16th and was passed.

5.Japanese Government Starts Final Coordination on Lifting the State of Emergency for the Outbreak

According to Kyodo News on the evening of the 16th, the state of emergency issued by 10 prefectures will expire on the 20th. The Japanese government started the final coordination on whether to lift the state of emergency on the 16th. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Minister for Economic Revitalization Yasunori Nishimura, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare Kenji Tamura, and other relevant cabinet members held the final consultation stage. 17 will report to the Diet and then decide on the policy at the Government Countermeasures Headquarters meeting. The Prime Minister told the media on the evening of the 16th, “I will make a judgment tomorrow after listening to the opinions of experts.” He said, “It is true that the number of infections is decreasing nationwide, but the rate of decline is slowing down. We will continue to promote vaccination and make efforts to prevent the epidemic in the future.”

6.Shikoku Electric Power Company Announces It Will Restart Ikata Nuclear Power Plant’s Unit 3

According to NHK, Shikoku Electric Power Company announced that it would start up its nuclear reactors on October 12 to restart Unit 3 of the Ikata Nuclear Power Plant, which is currently out of operation. Unit 3 of the Ikata Nuclear Power Plant in Ikata Town, Ehime Prefecture, was not allowed to start up by a court decision because it failed to complete facilities such as anti-terrorism required by the new regulatory standards for nuclear power plants on time. The unit had been out of operation since December of the previous year. A plan previously submitted to the government by Shikoku Electric Power had been scheduled to start up the reactor on Oct. 26; the new plan is two weeks earlier than originally planned. Shikoku Electric Power said 157 nuclear fuel rods would be put into the reactor from Sept. 18 to 21, and the anti-terrorism facility will be completed on Oct. 5.

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