1.Jun Mizutani and Mima Ito Defeated the Chinese Communist Party to Win the First Gold Medal in Japanese Table Tennis History
Mizutani and Ito will become the first Japanese table tennis mixed doubles pair to win a gold medal against Xu Xin and Liu Shiwen of the Chinese communist country, Rallys reported on July 26. The Japanese duo lost 2-3 in both the 2019 Swedish Open final and the 2019 German Open final. In the final match, Mizutani and Ito played well from the start to take an 8-0 lead. The momentum continued, and the team of Mizutani and Ito eventually won the first gold medal in Japanese table tennis history.
2.Japan’s Budget Carryover Last Year Expected to Exceed 30 Trillion Yen
The Yomiuri Shimbun reported on July 26 that the Japanese government’s fiscal year 2020 budget is expected to carry a record 30 trillion yen into the fiscal year 2021. To cope with the spread of the CCP virus, three large supplementary budgets were prepared, but about one-fifth of the total amount was carried over without being executed. In most years, the amount is less than 5 trillion yen, much higher than the 7.6 trillion yen in fiscal 2012, immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake. As a result, government spending for 2020 has increased to 175.7 trillion yen after three supplemental budgets. In principle, the government’s budget is based on the “single-year principle,” i.e., it is spent within a fiscal year. Still, fiscal law allows for carryover to the next fiscal year only in unavoidable circumstances, such as natural disasters. Moreover, with the fall election for the House of Representatives coming up, there is a strong possibility that the ruling party will call for more large-scale economic measures to utilize the carried-over funds.
3.A Japanese Schoolgirl Wins Olympic Gold
Japanese 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya clinched the Olympic title in the women’s street skateboarding competition on Monday, becoming the country’s youngest-ever gold medal winner, Reuters reported on July 26. Her victory brought a skateboarding double for Japan after Yuto Horigome won gold in the men’s street event on Sunday, claiming the first gold medal for the sport in Olympic history. Though Nishiya said she was “stressed out” after initially stumbling and missing key landings on her first two tricks, she landed her final three, earning 4.66 on her fourth, bringing her total above Brazilian prodigy Leal.
4.Japan Decides to Pay over 4 Trillion Yen for Special Employment Program in 18 Months Due to CCP Virus
In less than a year and a half, the amount of subsidies for employment adjustment (hiring subsidies), which the government has been expanding as a special measure to protect employment from the CCP virus disaster, has surpassed 4 trillion yen, the Asahi Shimbun reported. While the subsidy has played a certain role in curbing unemployment, the government has yet to show how it will prepare for future shortfalls in financial resources, partly due to speculation about the next lower house election. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced on July 26 that from March last year to July 23 this year, a total of about 4 million cases and 4.125 trillion yen in payments were decided. The average monthly payment pace is more than 200 billion yen, and if it continues, it could exceed 5 trillion yen by the end of this fiscal year.
5.Private Clinics Nationwide in Japan Received More than 4,000 Consultations During Four Consecutive Breaks
A private clinic offering walk-in services at night and on weekends has been swamped with requests from patients with fever and other illnesses over the past four consecutive days off, and has received more than 4,000 consultations, about 2,500 in the Tokyo metropolitan area alone, as the outbreak of the CCP virus continues, NHK reported on July 26. The number of cases per day exceeded that of the third wave of the year-end and New Year holidays and the fourth wave of the major holidays in May, and doctors split up to examine patients who were judged to need home visits. In addition, a study of the viruses of patients in the Tokyo metropolitan area who underwent PCR testing showed that the percentage of the “delta” (a mutated virus confirmed in India) was 19% in the week ending March 27, 24% in the week ending July 4, 33% in the week ending July 11, and 55% in the week ending July 18.
6.Debt Common Among Japan’s Graduate Students
According to a survey conducted by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology’s National Institute of Science and Technology, 35.9% of graduate students who completed their master’s degree in 2020 have debt, Nippon reported on July 8. Of the 16.5% of the total who had debts, over half owed more than 3 million yen. By field of study, science, engineering and agriculture appear to face more financial challenges than the humanities, with more than 40% of people in these fields having debt. Of particular note is health, which includes medical, dental, and pharmaceutical studies, where 22.9% of students have debts of more than 3 million yen. In 2000, the rate of graduate students who went on to do doctorates peaked at 16.7% and has been falling ever since, hitting 9.4% in 2020.
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