9/5/21 Japan Galaxy News: Japan’s Local Gov’ts Scurry To Set Up Temporary CCP Virus Treatment Sites; UK Aircraft Carrier Queen Elizabeth Makes 1st Port Call In Japan

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1. Queen Elizabeth Calls at Yokosuka U.S. Military Base

The aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, with a displacement of about 65,000 tons, is the largest warship in British history, Transport News reported on Sept. 4. Its home port is Portsmouth Naval Base in southern England, from where it departed May 27 on a long cruise with several warships in a Carrier Strike Group (CSG21), including U.S. Navy Aegis destroyers and Royal Netherlands Navy frigates.” HMS Queen Elizabeth is equipped with 18 F-35B Lightning II fighters, and the Carrier Strike Group (CSG 21) has nine surface ships, one submarine, 32 aircraft, including helicopters, and 3,700 personnel. This is the first visit to Japan by British F-35B fighters.

2.Nearly 60% of Overseas Investors Are Dissatisfied with the English-Language Disclosures of Japanese Listed Companies

A survey by the Tokyo Stock Exchange found that nearly 60 percent of overseas investors are dissatisfied with the content of financial results and other information prepared in English by Japanese listed companies, NHK reported Sept. 4. The survey showed that 22% of respondents were “dissatisfied” with disclosing financial results and other information in English by companies listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. In comparison, 35% said they were “somewhat dissatisfied,” for a total of nearly 60%. On the other hand, 11 percent said they were delighted, and 28 percent said they were somewhat satisfied, for a total of about 40 percent. Many overseas investors point to the limited amount of information available in English and the slow pace of disclosure.

3. 60 Deaths, 16,012 Infections from New CCP Virus in Japan

NHK reported on Sept. 4 that 16,012 cases had been reported nationwide so far. In addition, 15 people have died in Tokyo, 12 in Osaka, 6 in Chiba, 5 in Hyogo, 4 in Kanagawa, 3 in Aichi, 2 in Mie, 2 in Okinawa, 2 in Fukuoka, 1 in Hokkaido, 1 in Nara, 1 in Gifu, 1 in Okayama, 1 in Kumamoto, 1 in Fukushima, 1 in Gunma, 1 in Ibaraki and 1 in Kagoshima. A total of 60 deaths have been reported. The total number of confirmed infections in Japan is 1,561,606, including quarantine personnel at airports, and 712 passengers and crew on cruise ships, bringing to 1,562,318. 16,342 people died, of which 16,329 were confirmed infected in Japan and 13 on cruise ships.

4.Local Governments in Japan Urgently Set up Temporary CCP Virus Treatment Facilities

A Kyodo News survey on Saturday found that local governments in Japan are rushing to set up temporary treatment sites for patients with the Chinese communist virus, as a recent surge in infections has led to a severe shortage of hospital beds across the country and 25 local governments have opened or are planning to open such facilities, Kyodo News reported on Sept. 4. However, the nationwide survey was conducted Aug. 26-Sept. 2, also found that most governments face difficulties securing doctors and health care workers to operate these sites. Record levels of cases triggered by the spread of a more transmissible variant of the delta virus have exceeded the capacity of hospitals in many parts of the country to treat patients. Faced with an overwhelmed health care system, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government recommended that municipalities make hospital beds available only to people showing severe symptoms in early August. Tokyo and some other major cities have seen ambulances carrying patients with the CCHS virus in deteriorating condition turned away by hospitals.

5. State of Emergency May Be Extended for 2 to 3 Weeks in 4 Prefectures in the Metropolitan Area

The Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Sept. 5 that the Japanese government has decided to extend the state of emergency declared in 21 prefectures in the Tokyo metropolitan area (including Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa) for 12 days in response to the CCA virus. In addition, the government plans to contact the state of emergency in areas where the healthcare delivery system has improved, but only some areas are expected to be lifted. The government will also decide whether to extend the ban to large urban areas, such as the Kansai and Chukyo regions, depending on the number of new infections and the outlook for the medical supply system, with a two- to the three-week extension being suggested.

6. The Outbreak Has Led to Increased Spending on Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare will begin discussions on the 8th to raise insurance rates for the next fiscal year, as the prolonged spread of the CCP virus has led to a shortage of funds for unemployment insurance; the Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Sept. 5. The Employment Adjustment Allowance (EAA), one of the employment insurance programs, totals more than 4 trillion yen. As this puts pressure on the entire system, insurance rates will need to be raised for the first time since 2010. Employment adjustment payments are still being paid out at a rate of about 200 billion yen per month. If this trend continues, financial resources are expected to be exhausted this fall.

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